Against four spades, my friend’s wife led the king and a low diamond, and he took the A- Q.
“She discarded the deuce of clubs,” East said. “I knew I’d better heed that, so I led a fourth diamond. Declarer discarded a heart, and my wife ruffed with her 10 of trumps for down one. If South ruffs with a high trump in his hand, I win a trump trick.”
Actually, South can always succeed. He ruffs the fourth diamond with the ace and takes the K- Q. When West’s 10 falls, South can cash the A- K of hearts, ruff a heart, overtake his queen of clubs with dummy’s king and lead a high heart.
If East ruffs with the six, South overruffs with the seven, draws East’s last trump and wins the 13th trick with the ace of clubs. If East discards at Trick 11, South discards the ace of clubs, and East’s trumps are couped.
Question: You hold: ♠9 ♥ AK Q J 6 ♦ 9 6 2 ♣ K 8 5 3. Your partner opens one spade, you bid two hearts, he rebids two spades and you try three clubs. Partner then bids three diamonds. What do you say?
Answer: In theory, partner shows six spades and four diamonds, but he may have a minimum 5- 5 hand or may have meant three diamonds as a “fourth suit” bid, showing distress. Bid 3NT, which will be best opposite A K8 6 4 3, 2, 10 5 3,A Q 2. A three- heart rebid would also be reasonable.