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You are playing in a Club Swiss when this hand comes up:

 

West
Q654
KQ54
Q982
7
North
32
9832
K753
A32
East
AK10987
1076
6
654
South
J
AJ
AJ104
KQJ1098
W
N
E
S
P
2
3
3
4
4
5
P
P
P
D
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

All of the players are active members of the Bridgewinners community, so you are going to have to be at your best to make this contract.

West leads the 4 to her partner’s Ace and the play proceeds as follows:

West
Q654
KQ54
Q982
7
North
32
9832
K753
A32
East
AK10987
1076
6
654
South
J
AJ
AJ104
KQJ1098
W
N
E
S
2
3
3
4
4
5
P
P
P
D
1
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
3
K
J
2
0
1
A
8
5
2
3
1
1
9
7
A
4
1
2
1
3
5
10
6
3
3
1
J
4
2
6
3
4
1
K
5
2
7
3
5
1
Q
Q
3
8
3
6
1
A
Q
8
6
3
7
1
J
K
9
7
0
7
2
9

West now leads the 2, small, 6, ten, at which point you realize that you are taking -50 to your teammates.

West
Q654
KQ54
Q982
7
North
32
9832
K753
A32
East
AK10987
1076
6
654
South
J
AJ
AJ104
KQJ1098
W
N
E
S
2
3
3
4
4
5
P
P
P
D
1
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
3
K
J
2
0
1
A
8
5
2
3
1
1
9
7
A
4
1
2
1
3
5
10
6
3
3
1
J
4
2
6
3
4
1
K
5
2
7
3
5
1
Q
Q
3
8
3
6
1
A
Q
8
6
3
7
1
J
K
9
7
0
7
2
2
3
6
10
3
8
2
A
8
5
9
3
9
2
J
Q
K
10
1
10
2
12

 

Where did you go wrong?

Of course. You were careless.  You should have played the 7 on West’s deuce. Then you could have cashed the A and taken the proven finesse.

West
Q654
KQ54
Q982
7
North
32
9832
K753
A32
East
AK10987
1076
6
654
South
J
AJ
AJ104
KQJ1098
W
N
E
S
2
3
3
4
4
5
P
P
P
D
1
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
3
K
J
2
0
1
A
8
5
2
3
1
1
9
7
A
4
1
2
1
3
5
10
6
3
3
1
J
4
2
6
3
4
1
K
5
2
7
3
5
1
Q
Q
3
8
3
6
1
A
Q
8
6
3
7
1
J
K
9
7
0
7
2
2
7
6
4
1
8
2
3
9
A
8
3
9
2
J
Q
K
10
1
10
2
12

Bridge is an easy game…or is it?

Unfortunately (for you), your Bridgewinner’s opponent in the West seat won’t lead the 2, but will lead the 9 instead. Look what happens:

West
Q654
KQ54
Q982
7
North
32
9832
K753
A32
East
AK10987
1076
6
654
South
J
AJ
AJ104
KQJ1098
W
N
E
S
2
3
3
4
4
5
P
P
P
D
1
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
3
K
J
2
0
1
A
8
5
2
3
1
1
9
7
A
4
1
2
1
3
5
10
6
3
3
1
J
4
2
6
3
4
1
K
5
2
7
3
5
1
Q
Q
3
8
3
6
1
A
Q
8
6
3
7
1
J
K
9
7
0
7
2
9
3
6
10
3
8
2
A
2
5
9
3
9
2
J
Q
K
10
1
10
2
12

Your Bridgewinner’s teammates aren’t going to like this -50 any better than the other one.

Is there nothing to be done?

Luckily, these plays all took place in the time while you were thinking at trick one. You finally realized that there was no problem if Diamonds were 3-2 with the Queen onside. Instead, you need to plan for Diamonds to be 4-1. Now what? If West is 4441 as you suspect, then you have a chance for a Heart/Diamond squeeze. Just isolate the menace in Hearts and run the clubs.  Will that fancy 9 play work this time?

West
Q654
KQ54
Q982
7
North
32
9832
K753
A32
East
AK10987
1076
6
654
South
J
AJ
AJ104
KQJ1098
W
N
E
S
2
3
3
4
4
5
P
P
P
D
1
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
2
K
J
2
0
1
A
8
5
3
3
1
1
A
4
2
6
3
2
1
J
Q
3
7
0
2
2
9
3
6
10
3
3
2
9
7
A
4
1
4
2
8
10
10
5
3
5
2
K
6
2
5
3
6
2
Q
Q
3
6
3
7
2
J
2
9
7
3
8
2
A
8
5
8
3
9
2
J
Q
K
9
1
10
2
12

No, it won't work.  There is a beer in your future after all.

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