Yet another deal from the Tollemache Qualifier.
You are defending against two notrump. You choose to lead the four of hearts, dummy plays the jack, partner wins with the king, the six from declarer.
Partner returns the five of hearts to the eight, seven and ace. Declarer plays the diamond queen from dummy, the three from partner, four from declarer, you duck smoothly. Declarer now plays the diamond jack, the two from partner, five from declarer and you win with the king. What now?
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Declarer seems to have the queen of hearts and the ace of diamonds, yet passed two notrump. It looks as though he has no more honour cards, so switch to a club. Partner turns up with AQ10x in clubs, you take four club tricks to defeat the contract.
The full deal was as below. Note that ducking the first diamond was a slight error in that declarer now had eight tricks, but from his point of view the hearts may well have been 4-2 and the diamond finesse appeared to be working.