Dealer N NS Vul
A deal from a Manchester league match.
You reach a slightly pushy, but playable six heart contract.
West leads a diamond, you win, draw trumps in three rounds, West having three and East one and then cash all the diamonds with West having one and East three. After taking the ace of clubs you play a spade from dummy and have to guess who has the queen and who has the ace.
The defence has thrown mainly small clubs and a spade each, so there are no obvious clues from the discards.
How do you play?
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The main inference is from the opening lead. West has led a singleton, would he do this with an outside ace when he is potentially picking up a holding of Qxx or Jxxx in partner's hand and partner is unlikely to gain the lead to give him a ruff? So it is correct to play East for the spade ace.
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Thanks to David Barton for reporting this deal