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Dealer : South
Vuln : North-South


HAND OF THE WEEK #30

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     North
    A 6 5 4
    8 7
    J 8
    A K 10 9 8
West
10
6 5 4 3 2
A Q 7 3
Q 6 5
East You
9 7 3 2
A 10
K 9 6 5
7 4 2
 

   South
    K Q J 8
    K Q J 9
    10 4 2
    J 2

The winning return at trick two is the 5 of diamonds. You
cash four diamond tricks and call it a day. But can you
find this play in light of the one-diamond opening bid?
Perhaps. Partner's lead was either high from a bad
holding (he should have led the 6) or fourth best from
K-9-6-5. But South's jack of hearts is suspicious.
If he holds the Q-J doubleton, partner has a seven-card
suit, yet he passed over 1 at favorable vulnerability.
Once you start getting suspicious, you may come to
realize that declarer has three heart tricks, and it
sure looks like he has five club tricks and the ace
of spades in dummy.

In that case, your only hope to defeat the contract is
in diamonds, and maybe, just maybe, declarer has
opened a three-card suit. (Another possibility is that
declarer has the 7-4-3-2 of diamonds and you can
take four diamond tricks facing partner's A-Q-10.)
This is a true hand, but East did not find the diamond
switch. Did you?

Have a nice weekend.

West

pass
pass

North
— 
2
3NT

East

pass
all pass

South
1
2NT
 

Opening lead: 5


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