11th September 2019

A deal from a recent duplicate at Manchester Bridge Club.
Dealer W N-S Vul.

S
H AKQ3
D K32
C AJ10874
   


   
S AK86
H 102
D J1094
C K32

South
West
North
East

Pass
1C Pass
1S Pass 2H Pass
3NT
Pass
Pass Pass

After the above auction West leads the six of hearts.  Reluctant to gamble on this running to the ten, when you might have eleven top tricks you win the trick in dummy with the ace of hearts.  How do you play now?

Solution

The entry position is fraught, you need the club king as entry to your top spades.  Declarer decided to run the jack of clubs from dummy to keep the entries fluid.  This was successful in that East held the queen of clubs, however West showed out.  Now declarer can play on diamonds to ensure nine tricks.

The full deal was

Dealer West
S

   
N-S vul
H
AKQ3
   
    D K32
   
    C AJ10874
   
S
QJ52
    S
109743
H
J97654
    H
8
D
A87
    D
Q65
C

    C
Q965
    S
AK86
   
    H
102
   
    D
J1094
   
    C
K32