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North
KJ7
AJ97
AKQ108
Q
South
A10982
3
76
A10864

 

You reach 6 in a uncontested auction and the lead is the K.

What is your plan, what are your thoughts?

North
KJ7
AJ97
AKQ108
Q
South
A10982
3
76
A10864

 

It seems to me now, that the best plan is to start by cashing two -tricks and then go for a cross-ruff aiming for 8, 1, 2 and 1 trick. You will need to be 4-2 and then have West either follow on everything you are going to ruff or the Q to be with East.

 

At the table I started by running the Jack, thinking that I would be in a pretty good spot if this wins (which is probably not really true) and that I could still make the contract if it loses, if I manage to get 5 tricks.

The Jack lost and another spade came back.

 

North
K7
J97
AKQ108
Q
South
A1098
76
A10864

 

At this point the remaining play seemed rather straightforward. I won the return in hand, played the ace of clubs and ruffed a club (West following with 9 and Jack). I returned to hand with a ruff, played a to the ace and ruffed another .

 

North
J
KQ108
South
A
7
1086

 

Everyone had followed to the s and s and the Queen did not drop. Now I drew the last trump with the ace of spades (which was with East).

West discarded a on the A, I discarded the Jack. What are your thoughts on the discard and more importantly how do you play the suit now?

West might have been under pressure, if he had 4 remaining together with the Q. He might also hold the K and the Q together with 3 remaining . Or might have just discarded a to induce as to finesse in because he does not hold the Jack of Diamonds.

Would there be scenarios where he would discard the Q in this spot. Giving us an extra winner but leaving us with the decision anyways? He knows, that we don't have the King of clubs, so the hand should be double dummy for West.

Finesse in or not?

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