This week’s deals have featured end plays. To test your skill, look at today’s North-South cards and plan how you’ll make four hearts when West leads the jack of spades in response to East’s overcall.
I hope your conception of the play is better than the actual South’s. He ruffed the third spade with a high trump and drew trumps. South next took the ace of clubs and led a club to dummy’s queen, even though East’s bid at the level of two suggested that he had the king. East duly took two clubs for down one.
If South assumes that East has the king of clubs, South should try for an end play.
He must start by covering West’s jack of spades with dummy’s queen. (If instead dummy plays low, East may signal low, and West may shift to a damaging club.)
South ruffs the third spade, draws trumps, takes the top diamonds and ruffs a diamond. He leads dummy’s last spade — and discards a club when East covers. East must then lead from the king of clubs or yield a ruff-sluff.
♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ ♥ ♥ South dealer Both sides vulnerable WEST J6 75 J9763 10 9 8 7 SOUTH 1 4 NORTH Q532 K 10 8 4 10 5 Q43 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ EAST A K 10 9 7 63 Q82 KJ6 SOUTH 84 AQJ92 AK4 A52 NORTH 2 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ WEST Pass All Pass
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