South opened One Spade and North raised to Two Spades.
He had stretched slightly because of the pre- emptive value of his bid and was a little concerned when South jumped to game.
West led the queen of diamonds against Four Spades, and it looked a simple matter to South - he would play on hearts at every opportunity and, even if the suit did not divide evenly, might well be able to ruff the last one in dummy.
Accordingly he led a heart at trick 2, but East won and returned a trump.
South conceded another heart and East led a second trump. A third heart revealed the 4-2 break and a third round of trumps from East left declarer with two losers but only one trump in dummy to take care of them. As a result, he ended with only nine tricks.
Try the effect of cashing the ace of clubs at trick 2 before leading a heart. As before, the defenders win and lead a trump. Declarer wins on the table and ruffs a club high in hand. Then he crosses to dummy with the queen of spades and ruffs another club.
Finally, he cashes his second top diamond, trumps a diamond on the table, and ruffs another club. In this way he scores seven trump tricks to go with his three outside winners.
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