A deal from the Lancashire Online League
The Lancashire online league started at the beginning of July, here is a deal from the first round of matches.
Sitting West how many trump tricks would you expect to make against a contract of four spades?
North South, playing Precision, reached four spades on the above auction and West led the six of hearts. Declarer won in hand with the queen over East's ten and played a club to set up a cross ruff. East won the ace of clubs and returned a low heart. Declarer won with the ace, presumably fearing that West had led from the king and that East would get a ruff if he finessed, though a careful inspection of the pips might suggest that the hearts were as dealt.
Declarer now played ace of diamonds, diamond ruff, club ruff, diamond ruff, club ruff and ruffed his last diamond with the spade queen, which East overruffed.
The position was now as in the diagram below.
East cashed the heart king, West discarding the club king, and then played the club eight. South tried the ten of spades, but West overruffed this with the jack and played the diamond king which East ruffed with the seven of spades, this promoted West's eight of spades to win the final trick.