A deal from the Higson Cup Final on 23rd April.
Dealer W Love All.
After a simple auction (North South playing two over one game forcing) West leads the three of clubs playing fourth highest leads. How do you plan the play?
Normally with this club holding it would be correct to duck a couple of rounds of clubs in case they split 5-3 and the three card holding has the diamond ace. But here there is a danger that an alert East could switch to a heart at trick two, and then if you duck West may win the heart king and revert to clubs, but if you rise with the heart ace West may have the diamond ace and East KJxx of hearts. So it seems best to take the lead at face value and win the club immediately and knock out the diamond ace. If West has led from three clubs and has the diamond ace you have done the wrong thing, but that layout is unlikely.