After two passes East (playing five card majors) opened One Diamond and South overcalled with Two Clubs. West raised to Two Diamonds and, following partner's favoured methods, I bid Four Clubs pre-emptively. South went on to Five Clubs and somebody doubled. (Looking at my hand it could have been me]) Then I left the table.
Apparently West had led the king of diamonds. South won, ruffed a diamond, came to hand with the ace of hearts and ruffed another diamond. Then came the queen of hearts, covered and ruffed, and - inexplicably - one round of trumps before ruffing the last diamond. A spade went away on the jack of hearts and declarer was left with the self-made problem of coming to hand to draw the last trump.
The danger was that the defenders would be able to take two spade tricks and lead a fourth round of hearts leading to a trump promotion and defeat. A simple solution would have been to lead a fourth heart himself, discarding a spade and so safeguarding the contract but declarer led a spade from the table. East took his queen and led a low spade] It was his only chance; if his partner held the jack he could win and lead the last heart for the trump promotion. And that was where the overtrick came from.Reuse content