Dealer W Game All
A deal from a recent duplicate at Cheadle Hulme. You reach seven clubs on the auction above, West leads a small club. What is the best line of play? (Clubs are not 4-0).
Win the club lead in dummy and play a spade to the ace. Trump a heart and trump a spade and then play a trump to dummy. If trumps are 2-2 then you will be able to set up the spades with two more ruffs in hand and claim. If trumps are 3-1 trump a spade in hand (ruffing high if East follows). If spades are now set up claim, otherwise ruff another heart, play a diamond to the king and play club and heart winners. This makes when diamonds are 3-3 or one opponent has four spades and four diamonds when they will be squeezed.
Thanks to David Barton and Alan Mould for reporting and analysing this deal.