This deal is from the pairs event at the popular Chester Congress at the Deva club Congress in January.
Declarer won the spade lead and took the heart finesse. Note that the correct way to play this trump suit is to start with the queen, in case West holds K102.
East won the heart king and returned a spade. Declarer drew the last trump and tried to endplay East by playing a diamond to the nine. However, East won the ten and returned a diamond; declarer was unable to avoid the loss of a trump, two diamonds and a club for one down.
Double dummy the contract can always be made. Possibly the most challenging lead is a club. Can you work out how to make the contract?
Scroll down for the solution.
Win the club lead in hand and take the top two spades, then play ace and another heart. East wins this and plays a diamond to West's queen.
Now if West returns a club, win with the ace and exit with a club endplaying East to give you a diamond trick.
If West return a diamond win with the ace and exit with a diamond endplaying East to give you a club trick.