Dealer N Game All.
This deal is from a Lancashire League match last month.
You respond one notrump to partner's opening bid playing a two over one game forcing system.
When West's overcall of two hearts comes back to you you double to show a maximum and partner essays three notrump.
West leads the spade jack, you play low from the dummy, East plays the seven and you win with the king.
How do you continue?
This is a suit management problem, if clubs break 4-1 you will need to find West with a singleton jack or ten.
When you play the king West plays the ten, you must unblock the nine from dummy in order to make five club tricks.
After running the clubs the diamond finesse wins and you have nine tricks.
Can you do better though? What if East has five clubs? Since you need the diamond finesse anyway to make the contract you can start with a small club to the ace. If West plays an honour, play the nine from dummy next to the king and proceed as above. If the clubs are 5-0 you will need the spades to be 4-4 (or blocked) and the king and queen of hearts to be with West. Play the nine of clubs next, East will cover and you win with the king. Now a heart towards dummy, if West splits his honours win and set up a second heart trick, you will eventually come to nine tricks, one spade, two hearts, two diamonds and four clubs.
The full deal was
Thanks to John Holland for analysis