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Stealing from the Devil
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You are playing an early board of a KO match against a world class declarer, when the following gets dealt.

North
QJ6
K8752
A74
105
East
A4
Q10
KQJ
QJ9873
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

Partner leads the 6 (your leads are 3rd and low, top from doubleton) and dummy follows with the 5. Plan the defense.

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This problem was inspired by a certain declarer play made by someone who was later complimented by his opponent with the following words: "You play like  the (expletive) devil."

West
North
QJ6
K8752
A74
105
You
A4
Q10
KQJ
QJ9873
South
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
5
1

The declarer has all the missing high cards and it looks like there is no way to lose more than the A and two diamonds. The edge you have over the declarer is that only you know that there is no heart loser. Can you exploit that?

Below is a hand played by Peter Fredin against Meckwell (Source:Master of Bridge Psychology by Jeppe Juhl and Peter Fredin)

Meckstroth
K10983
Q
KJ5
J732
Lindkvist
AJ4
A9762
A42
105
Rodwell
75
J104
Q1087
Q986
Fredin
Q62
K853
963
AK4
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
5
Q
A
3
1
0
4
3
10
6
1
2
0
2

Fredin had four potential losers and decided to use the power of the closed hand by playing back the 4. He's plan was to discard a diamond on the K anyway so he was just switching losers with the potential to steal a trick with the T. Obviously, the club play had to be made before the opponents had more information so trick 2 was the proper time.

Here we might be able to induce South to try the Fredin play by playing the Q to the first trick. If declarer falls for this and plays West for J762 and plays back a low club, partner will ruff declarer's 10th trick and leave a heart guess to boot.

West
108753
93
8652
62
North
QJ6
K8752
A74
105
You
A4
Q10
KQJ
QJ9873
South
K92
AJ64
1093
AK4
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
5
Q
A
3
1
0
4
2
10
J
2
1
1
3
K
9
K
1
2
1
3

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