Slightly confused, East led the jack of hearts out of turn and South exercised his option of accepting the lead. Unless the ace of clubs was singleton, it looked as though there were only seven tricks, for the spade finesse was sure to be wrong. After winning the lead, dummy advanced the queen of clubs, but, as feared, this was allowed to win.
The only chance lay in finding East with the ace of clubs and that he could be end-played, so declarer cashed his remaining red- suit winners and got off lead with a club. All went as hoped, for East, on winning, was reduced to leading spades. The right card would have been the jack, conceding one trick but defeating the contract. Mistakenly, however, he got off lead with the king, but when dummy won there were still only eight tricks.
Try playing dummy's queen of spades under the king! Now, whatever East leads next, South's ten of spades becomes an entry to the long clubs.Reuse content