None Vul. IMPs Dealer North
This deal is from the National Inter Counties League Final.
After a simple Stayman auction with declarer's one notrump showing 15-17 points partner leads the jack of diamonds. Declarer wins with the ace in hand, plays the heart ace and a heart to the king, partner discarding the four of clubs. Declarer now cashes the king of diamonds, throwing a club, and tries the queen of diamonds which you ruff low, declarer overruffing. Declarer now plays the ace of clubs and ruffs a club, and ruffs a diamond in hand while you throw a spade. Now a second club ruff in dummy followed by the last diamond. How do you defend?
This is the position when the last diamond is played from dummy.
Although partner has the winning diamond, if you throw a spade he will be endplayed to lead away from the ace of spades.
You have to trump the diamond and lead the ten or queen of spades.
The full deal