Game all; dealer South North S. 6 H. 10 4 D. K Q 9 8 6 2 C. K J 10 4 West S. K Q 8 5 2 H. 9 D. J 10 5 C. Q 9 8 5 East S. 9 3 H. Q 8 7 5 2 D. A 4 C. A 7 6 2 South S. A J 10 7 4 H. A K J 6 3 D. 7 3 C. 3 South opened one Spade and North responded One No-trump. South's Two Hearts was not music to North's ears, but Three Diamonds now would have made good sense. Instead, North persisted with Two No- trumps and, equally stubborn, South ended the auction with Three Hearts.
To protect his spades, West led the 9 of hearts and the 10 went to the queen and ace. After the ace of spades and a spade ruff, declared led the 10 of diamonds from the table. East took his ace and led the 2 of trumps. Still in the dark, South won with his king, cashed the queen of diamonds and ruffed a diamond.
Next came a club to the 10 and ace, and East, who now had a complete count of the hand, exited with the ace of hearts. South won and led his last trump -the 6. East still had 7 and 5 of hearts but if he takes his two trump winners must concede the rest of the tricks to dummy. He countered neatly, playing the 5 of trumps and letting the 6 win] Now as declarer, on lead, had only spades left, West was able to win the next two tricks, leaving East to settle matters with his final trump.Reuse content