Perhaps the bidding went One Spade - Four Spades, but what does this contract depend on? Finding the queen of trumps and losing only one heart trick to begin with, but what about the clubs? There was a possible solution, but not all of the ambitious declarers found it.
At one table, with an unattractive choice of lead, West chose a harmless low heart. East won, and switched to a diamond. Declarer took this, drew trumps in two rounds, and cashed her remaining two red suit winners. Now all that remained to be done was to exit with a losing diamond.
Can you see the problem that this presented to the defenders? It did not matter who took this trick: the club position was exactly as South required, for the blockage in the suit meant that East-West could come to only one club trick before having to concede a ruff and discard.
Was it a good game? I make it that there was only a 2 to 3 per cent chance of success and, even that, only after a helpful start by the defence.
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