# Puzzle This

IMPs

Dlr: West
Vul: NS
North
♠ 9 8 7 3
J 10 9
K J 2
♣ K 7 3
South
♠ K Q J 10 5 4
A K Q
7 5
♣ 8 4

 West North East South Pass Pass Pass 1♠ Pass 2♠ Pass 4♠ All Pass

Take the South hand as declarer in 4♠. West leads the trump ace and switches to the 3. Which diamond do you play from dummy and why?

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Count your tricks (this is a recording). You have five spades and three hearts for eight, so you need two more. If East has both the A and the Q, you’re toast (you’ll lose two diamonds and the major-suit aces), so assume West has one of those cards. That means you’ll score a diamond trick eventually. The game-going 10th trick, therefore, must come from the ♣K, and the only way that can happen is if West has the ♣A.

West has already turned up with the ♠A, and you need him to hold the ♣A, too, so does he have the A as well? These days, not many folks will pass holding three aces, so if you’re going to assume that West has the ♣A, you shouldn’t play him for the A, too. Play him for the Q instead and call for dummy’s J.

You might very well go down on this deal, but you should at least try to place the missing high cards in a manner consistent with the auction.

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