Nicholas Greer played his first face to face bridge for 16 months at Manchester Bridge Club.
He reports this complicated deal.
East decided to defend four spades rather than bid five hearts.
West led the ace of hearts, ruffed in dummy.
Nicholas decided to play the king of diamonds to try to get to hand. East won the ace and played another heart (ace and another spade would be better).
The second heart was ruffed in dummy and the king of spades led and won by East who erred by playing a diamond, won in dummy.
Nicholas now set up the diamonds by playing the queen and ruffing one in hand.
The position now is as below
Now, to make the contract legitimately declarer needs to finesse the club eight. However, Nicholas was unsure of the position of the club ten, so played a club to the jack and a winning diamond from dummy. East needs to trump this, but he threw a club. Now the last diamond was trumped by East while Nicholas threw a club. East was endplayed; a spade would allow declarer to draw trumps and win the ace of clubs, whereas a heart would be ruffed in dummy and the ace of club lead would pick up East's trumps with a trump coup.