The defenders invariably have fewer entries than declarer. When you need an entry in your partner’s hand, you may have to look hard for it.
In today’s deal, dummy’s ace of diamonds won, and declarer next took the A-K of trumps. He threw a heart from dummy on the king of diamonds and exited with a trump.
West knew he needed two more tricks besides his ace of clubs. He led a heart — not a success. South won with the queen, took the ace, ruffed his last heart in dummy and conceded two clubs. Making four.
West looked for his partner’s entry in the wrong place. West needed East to have one good card, but if East held the ace of hearts, West could lead a heart later. Moreover, West could infer that if South needed heart discards, he would have started the clubs after he took the top trumps.
At trick five, West must lead a low club. When East takes the king, a heart shift beats the contract.
Question: You hold: ♠ Q9 4 ♥ K962 ♦ J 10 9 ♣ A53.The dealer, at your left, opens one club. Your partner doubles; the next player bids two clubs. What do you say?
Answer: You have 10 points with four useful honors; the K-Q of clubs opposite partner’s shortness would be wasted, but the ace is working. Jump to three hearts to invite game. Partner will bid four hearts with KJ32,A853,AQ82,2,and on a good day you will make game with an overtrick.