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Defensive Problem

After a long discussion at dinner we may or may not have come to any consensus on how to get this right, but we had the benefit of knowing all four hands.

1 was natural or balanced, but 3NT is ‘likely to be based on long clubs’

Double showed 4-4 in the majors

 

Partner, who is a very strong player (will be playing in the Bermuda Bowl this year), leads the ace of hearts.

You encourage

Partner continues with the 10 of hearts, covered with dummy’s queen and your king. 

Declarer has followed with the 7 and 4; the only pip you haven’t seen in the 3.

 

West
North
QJ54
Q985
976
J7
East
10872
KJ62
5
10852
South
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
1
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
5
2
4
0
0
1
10
Q
K
7
2
0
2
2

(use the 'next' button to see the first two tricks)

 

Do you cash the third heart?  If not, what do you play now (I suggest either a spade or a diamond)

If you cash the third heart, what do you switch to if partner follows with the 3 and declarer discards a diamond?

If you do cash the third heart and partner discards, he will tell you what suit to switch to (so I'm not including that in the options)

 

Play a spade
Play a diamond
Cash the third heart and play a spade
Cash the third heart and play a diamond

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