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Defensive responsibility

West
K10xx
87xx
Jx
8xx
North
Axxx
J
108xxx
K9x
East
QJxx
9x
AK9
AJ10x
South
x
AKQ10xx
Qxx
Qxx
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
P
P
X
P
2
P
P
3
P
P
P
D
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

1NT was a good 13-16, 2 showed hearts, and X was takeout.

 

West found the good lead of the  J. East played K-A-9, giving West his ruff. West, noticing the order of honors played, switched to a club, and the contract made. A spade switch beats the contract one trick, denying an entry to dummy to the good diamonds after trumps are drawn.

 

Who didn't fulfill their obligations when it came to defending this hand?

 

A) East, knowing that a spade switch was necessary and that the contract will go down in time, should have played A-K of diamonds and not bothered telling partner about his nice club holding and insinuating that the switch was immediately necessary.

B) West, with almost full count on the hand, should take partner's diamond play as information and not a command and switch to a spade anyway, knowing that the contract would then go down.

C) Both, as East should have signalled properly to ask for a spade but then West should have figured out to switch to a spade.

D) Unlucky, as East signalled properly and there were some layouts where a club switch was immediately necessary and West just guessed wrong.

East only
West only
Both
Unlucky
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