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Which card do you play? A hand from the finals
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Here is a defensive problem from the 4th segment of the Bermuda Bowl finals. You lead a club to partner's A and he leads back a low to declarer's K. Declarer cashes the A and plays the K, over to you? What is your plan?

West
4
J982
A10843
852
North
9852
K105
Q52
J97
East
South
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
3
P
P
P
D
30
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
7
A
10
2
0
1
4
K
5
9
3
1
1
A
4
2
6
3
2
1
K
A
2
6
0
2
2
4

I looked at this board at all the tables in the finals and Madala was the only declarer to not draw a second round of trump. This gave West far less information about the hand and perhaps created an illusion that East had a trump trick. At any rate, West did not see the danger of the looming endplay for partner in s and played a back. What was your choice?

West
4
J982
A10843
852
North
9852
K105
Q52
J97
East
106
AQ6
J96
AQ643
Madala
AKQJ73
743
K7
K10
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
3
P
P
P
D
30
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
7
A
10
2
0
1
4
K
5
9
3
1
1
A
4
2
6
3
2
1
K
A
2
6
0
2
2
3
Q
9
7
1
3
2
J
Q
3
8
3
4
2
9 tricks claimed
N/S +140
6

If you did see to win the A and switch to a heart, which heart would you play? One of my partners would prefer the J and the other the 9 (top of an interior sequence) but since we like attitude shifts, I think the 9 could be misleading.

Mind you a number of tables got to 4 which is too high. That was a push in the Seniors. At the other table in Italy vs Monaco, after two rounds of trump, Lauria had more information about the hand and so had no trouble switching to the J. At other tables I saw the 9, J, and 8. Neither declarer who got the spot card shift put East to the test by ducking that, they both played the ten.

 Yet another subtle brilliancy by Madala who has been most impressive whenever I have watched him.

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