In real life, West started with the SA and, at one table, switched to a cunning C5. This defence set declarer no problems at all. At the other table West, more accurately, continued spades at trick two and, later in the play, declarer (after trying a club to the queen unsuccessfully) finessed the C10 to go one down.
It really was a text-book hand. After winning with the SK, declarer should ruff a spade in hand and draw trumps. Then he tackles diamonds. East does best to win and exit with a diamond but, after taking his diamond winners, South has a complete count of his opponents' hands, for West is now marked as having started with six spades, two hearts, at least three diamonds, and therefore at most two clubs. Solution? A low club to the king and then simply play another club for West to concede a ruff and discard.Reuse content