Suits don’t always split well, but capable declarers try to be ready. At today’s four spades, South sees a loser in hearts and probably two in trumps. He could lead a heart at trick two, trying to reach dummy to lead a trump toward his hand. But South fears that by waiting to lead trumps, he could court trouble: The defenders might have time for an “uppercut,” a type of trump promotion.
Which trump should South lead at the second trick?
Leading the king would mean down one. South should do what he can to guard against something unforeseen — a singleton ace with either defender — by leading a low trump. As the cards lie, he cashes the K-Q of trumps when he regains the lead and makes his game.
If a defender won the first trump cheaply, South would lead the king later, hoping for a 3-2 break. When he got back in, he could draw the last trump.
Question: You hold: ♠ A ♥ AJ862 ♦ 7654 ♣ 7 5 2. Your partner opens one diamond, you bid one heart and he rebids two diamonds. What do you say?
Answer: The development of the auction makes your hand look quite promising. Your partner has some length in spades, else the opponents would have been heard from, so he can ruff spades in your hand. A minimum hand for him such as J 54,3,AKJ932,K43offersa decent play for game. Bid five diamonds. South dealer N-S vulnerable