HE NEEDS ONLY ONE LOWLY SPOT-CARD
Joyce Brothers, a psychologist and author, said, "A philosopher is a person who doesn't care which side his bread is buttered on; he knows he eats both sides anyway."
Yesterday, we looked at declarer's making five diamonds in this deal after West cashed two spade winners, then exited with a heart. What resource did West miss?
The bidding was intricate. North's second-round twospade cue-bid showed his hand strength. His three-spade cuebid on the next round was an unsuccessful attempt to reach three no-trump if South had a spade stopper.
West, after taking his two spade tricks, should check the high-card points. He has 12, and dummy holds 13. That leaves only 15 unaccounted for. South surely has the club and heart aces and, presumably, no more sidesuit losers. West should wonder how his side might collect a trump trick. However, he should also realize that declarer knows that he, West, has the diamond queen. But because West has such good trump spots, the eight and nine, there is a chance for a trump promotion.
At trick three, West should lead the spade four -- a loser, not a winner, when you want partner to ruff. Then the spotlight turns to East. He knows from the bidding that South is also out of spades. What is his partner doing? He must be trying for an uppercut. To play his part, East ruffs with the diamond four.
Note that when South overruffs with the 10, West gains a trump trick to defeat the contract.