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Common game deal Wed 16 April

North
1085
AK72
AK9732
South
A76
Q653
104
J874
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
3
4
P
4
P
P
P

 

This deal came up in the Common Game, rotated 180 degrees to make South declarer. (It was today, 17 April not 16 -- sorry to confuse the pedantic chronometrists amongst us)

West is a top level international East a client.

At favorable vulnerability when dummy comes down you might assume something wont be breaking. Otherwise East might well have saved? GThat is by no meand guaranteed, of course.

When West leads the club ace you have no clear idea that this might not be everyone's choice -- as we shall see. you cant see any reason to pitch so you ruff and have to decide whether to cash a top heart, or a top diamond. For the record everyone will follow to the first diamond (no honors appear the D8 to your right.) When you cash the first heart you see the four to your left the nine to your right.

I'll post the full hand in a while (this isn't a quiz but I'm more interested in the general principles). Can anyone indicate what is the optimal order for top diamonds and top hearts assuming your sole target is to make ten tricks?

As a separate issue how would you play the same contract on a spade lead?

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