Dealer W E-W Vul.
Another deal from the Tollemache qualifier.
You reach four hearts on the above auction, and are lucky to escape a black suit lead.
West leads the diamond five, on which East plays the jack.
How do you play?
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This is an exercise in not drawing trumps.
If you draw even two rounds of trumps, the defence will be able to play a third round at some point and you will run out of tricks.
You will need reasonable breaks, so play three rounds of diamonds discarding a spade from dummy.
Then play a spade or a club. There are many variations but you will eventually make either two spade ruffs and a club trick, or two spade ruffs and the fourth diamond or a spade ruff, the fourth diamond and a club trick.
In practice declarer played a spade after the diamonds, West won and played a trump won by South who then played a club. West won the king, played a club to the queen and ace. East now played a spade ruffed in dummy, declarer played two more rounds of trumps ending in dummy and threw the losing spade on the jack of clubs.
The full deal was