Inspiration is like an old sock; you can never find it when you need it. Maybe that explains why South went down at today’s game.
When West led the queen of hearts, South took dummy’s ace and led a trump to finesse with his queen. West took the king, cashed the jack of hearts and led a diamond.
South won and led another trump. When East showed out, South took the ace and tried to combine his chances by cashing the K-A of clubs. When both defenders played low, South finessed with the jack of diamonds. East won and cashed the queen of clubs, and West also got the jack of trumps. Down two.
South’s play was badly inspired. Can he virtually assure his contract?
South should rely on an end play (my topic this week). South cashes the ace of trumps at Trick Two, takes the A-K of diamonds and ruffs dummy’s jack. He then exits with a heart. Whether the defenders lead a red card next (conceding a ruff-sluff), a club or a trump, South loses at most two more tricks.
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