Contract: 4 by South. Opening Lead: T. East plays A, and returns the Q. You cover, West trumps, and exits in hearts. How do you play? Recommended Line: You win, draw trumps and are faced with the possibility that East can defeat you by scoring two more tricks in clubs.
But, maybe desperate measures can save the day. Let’s give it a go. Having drawn trumps, play A, A, and overtake J.
Next, lead Q, hoping that West holds the K. If East plays low, you discard the K.
Your clever play is rewarded, since West does hold the K. You have established two spade winners, and, best of all, you have an unwilling ally on your left.
West, who is down to holding just spades and diamonds, has no choice but to give you access to two precious spade winners on table. They say that a friend in need is a nuisance. Not so in this case.