Find the Event-Winning Play
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Consider the following collection:

West
J765
AQ742
J1094
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

You are on opening lead. The club sequence seems like a reasonable lead, so you lead the J.

Dummy hits with:

West
J765
AQ742
J1094
North
1032
AJ973
J83
K7
East
South
W
N
E
S

1N
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
1
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
K
Q
6
1
1
0
3
2
K
7
3
2
0
Q
2
7
5
3
3
0
8
4
A
6
1
4
0
J
10
4
9
1
5
0
10
K
A
5
3
6
0
8
J
2
4
0
6
1
7

Declarer draws trumps, ending in dummy, then plays the T. Partner plays the K. Declarer wins and plays the 8. You win the J. Now what?

What do you know about the high cards in declarer's hand?

Partner played the Q at trick one so declarer has the A. Declarer showed up with the KQ while drawing trumps. Partner does not have the K because he would have split honors with the Q instead of playing the K. Therefore declarer has AQ, KQ, and A. That is 15 points.

Who has the K?

Partner has it! If declarer had the K then he would have 18 HCP and would not have opened 1NT with 15-17.

I hope that the winning play is clear now. In declarer play, you have to lead honors from the short suit first in order to take all your tricks. The same is true on defense on this hand. You have to underlead your AQ!

The full hand:

West
J765
AQ742
J1094
North
1032
AJ973
J83
K7
East
K4
10652
K5
Q8532
South
AQ98
KQ84
1096
A6
W
N
E
S

1N
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
1
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
K
Q
6
1
1
0
3
2
K
7
3
2
0
Q
2
7
5
3
3
0
8
4
A
6
1
4
0
J
10
4
9
1
5
0
10
K
A
5
3
6
0
8
J
2
4
0
6
1
4
8
K
6
2
6
2
5
9
A
3
0
6
3
Q
J
2
10
0
6
4
10
7
3
A
3
7
4
Q
6
3
5
3
8
4
9
7
9
8
1
9
4
N/S -50
13

Did you get it right?

Suppose partner had not played the Q and had not played the K. The defense would have been a lot more difficult.

East made it a lot easier for West.