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Ace of Clubs and Jack of Diamonds
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Match point. Opponents are vulnerable. You are not.

You pick up T8 Q653 65 KQ973.

LHO passes as the dealer. Partner opens 2NT. An immediate 3 on your right.

Obviously, you have game somewhere, but beating 3 by two tricks is a clear winner, unless you have slam, which is now very difficult to explore. You expect partner to have a spade honor, but if it is K or Q, and LHO has an early entry for a spade finesse, they will have eight tricks. On the other hand, partner might have A, and there are eight tricks in the other three suits. So you decide to take a chance and bid 3NT, ending the auction.

Not surprisingly, K appears as the opening lead. Now let's see whether partner can make it.

North
108
Q653
65
KQ973
South
A96
AK104
AKQ9
104
W
N
E
S
P
2NT
3
3NT
P
P
P

LHO leads K.

You could have doubled 3 and held them to at most seven tricks for a better score, but let's try to make the contract now.

You have eight top tricks. Clubs can provide a sure trick for the ninth, as long as A is not on your left. Or, you may get lucky with the diamonds.

RHO plays a spade, which must be a singleton. You still decide to play low.

LHO continues with J. Obviously, he has something in the minors, just where you want to develop your ninth trick. RHO discards a low club, LHO looks a bit disappointed, and you win the ace.

Before committing to any plan in the minors, you decide to take your heart tricks by playing A, and 4 to Q. Both defenders follow, and you take the other two hearts. LHO discards two low spades. RHO discards another low club.

LHO has four cards in the minors. If he has J or 10 to the fourth, he is void in clubs, then RHO has A and three diamonds, and you can make it. If LHO has A and RHO has a diamond stopper, today is just not your day.

You play A. All follow low. Then K. LHO plays 10. Now, the moment of truth.

You play Q. J falls on your left.

Well done!

LHO congratulates you for the nice play. As for the disappointment at trick two, he was hoping to see Q from his partner.

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