Dlr:
South
Vul
N-S
North
♠ 6 3 2
Q J 10 4
K 5 2
♣ A Q J
South
♠ K 5 4
A K 9 7 5 2
A 6
♣ 9 5
 West North East South 1♣ Pass 1♥ Pass 2♥ Pass 4♥ All Pass

Your straightforward auction lands you in 4. West starts with the Q. Do you see a way to 10 tricks on this deal?

## Solution

Against 4, West led the Q. Declarer played low from dummy, won in hand and, after drawing trumps ending in hand, he led a club to the jack. East took this with the king and shifted to the ♠Q. Declarer played low from hand and East continued with the ♠J. Declarer covered with the king, but then West took this with the ace and cashed the ♠10 to defeat the contract by one trick. “That was unlucky – both finesses lost. I was a 3:1 favorite to make,” declarer said to no one in particular.

“Luck had nothing to do with the outcome,” said a somewhat-miffed dummy. “All you had to do was to let the queen of diamonds win the first trick. If West shifts to a club, rise with the ace, draw two rounds of trumps with the ace and king before cashing the diamond ace. Then, after crossing to dummy with a trump, you can throw your losing club on the diamond king before leading the queen of clubs. When East covers with the king, you ruff and then return to dummy with a trump to cash the jack of clubs. Either way, you make 10 tricks: six trumps, two diamonds and two clubs.” The full deal:

Dlr:
South
Vul
N-S
North
♠ 6 3 2
Q J 10 4
AK 5 2
♣ A Q J
West
♠ A 10 8 7
Q J 9 7
♣ 10 8 7 3 2
East
♠ Q J 9
8 6 3
10 8 4 3
♣ K 6 4
South
♠ K 5 4
A K 9 7 5 2
A 6
♣ 9 5

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