Another deal from the National Inter County League Final, an opening lead problem this time.
Love All Teams Dealer West
(1) Splinter agreeing Hearts
(3) One key card
(4) Queen of trumps?
(5) Yes and the spade king
What do you lead ?
Since West continued to slam despite East discouraging with his four heart bid, it seems likely that the club king is in dummy. Accordingly Michael Newman underled his club ace. This was a spectacular success when the full deal was as follows.
Declarer, unsurprisingly, misguessed the clubs, Michael Byrne won the queen of clubs, returned a club and now Michael Newman played the diamond queen. Declarer cashed one top heart and, noting the fall of the jack (or queen), returned to hand and followed the principle of restricted choice to finesse in trumps. Two down. Note that on a spade lead, or club lead followed by a spade, declarer has no quick entry back to hand to take the heart finesse, so would be forced to play trumps from the top.
Thanks to Michael Newman for reporting this deal