The bidding was the same at both tables in a team match and each declarer received the lead of a fourth-highest ♣3. Both declarers played the jack from dummy and both Easts covered with the king. Neither declarer wanted a diamond shift at this point, so they both won the first trick with the ♣A and led a low trump. After winning with the ♥A, both Wests exited with the ♣8 to East’s 10. The continuations were the same at both tables: the ♠A, then the ♣2.
At the first table, declarer ruffed the third club in the dummy, then drew trumps with the jack, king and queen. After cashing the ♠K and ♠Q, declarer led a low diamond to the queen. Alas, East discarded a spade on the ♦A and declarer conceded a diamond trick for a one-trick set. Can you improve on the first declarer’s line of play?
The declarer at the other table was more careful. He ruffed the third round of clubs with the ♥9 and continued with the ♥J. When East followed low, declarer overtook the jack with the queen. He was then in the correct hand to take a diamond finesse, which he did. When that succeeded, declarer led dummy’s ♥4, winning with the 8 when East followed with the 7. After drawing the last trump with his king, declarer cashed his spade winners and then led a diamond to the jack. Declarer had the ♦A for his tenth trick. The full deal: