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There are 2 hand with 12 cards. If they had 13, I would double with those too….
Dec. 25, 2018
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Yes thanks. I missed that.
July 11, 2018
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The lead definitely suggests east does not have AK. From there on, I am gonna play as follows:

- Win the J and play A and a , discarding a from hand if west does not cover.
Suppose east wins, and plays back a . I win in south and play another spade, discarding a if west does not cover.
If he does cover I ruff and play 2 rounds of and another spade, discarding a . Now a ruff, a to dummy and discarding the Q on the last diamond.

Another option would be winning the jack of , ruff a , crossing in over in trumps, ruff a , another round of trumps and another ruff. After that 3 rounds of hoping east has 3 .
I think this line is inferior to the other one, since for this it is necessary for east to have the 3 diamonds, while for the other line any 3-2 break will do.

July 9, 2018
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Very nice problem! I will assume imps and a good(!) partner.

My observations:

- Declarer definitely has 3+ , since from T85 partner should not cover the 9 in the first trick. In his view declarer will have two honours doubleton if partner has that.

- Although the idea is nice, we can never unblock the Q. It looks stupid when partner started with Jx doubleton.

- Partner should signal suit preference in the second club trick, so with the ace of spades he should play small-jack-small.

- We need partner to have an ace to set this contract, and if his carding is to be believed it has to be in .

- We cannot play a small diamond here, since if partner wins the ace and plays a heart (the logical defense), declarer can counter by winning and cashing his clubs. If he was 2326 originally, we will get squeezed.

Possible distributions for declarer are 2326 or 1336.

We might need to play the king of here. Partners signal should tell us what distribution declarer has. If he has a singleton spade we may need to switch to our small spade. But then declarer probably will be able to set up a trick in diamonds, so that is wrong.

If declarer has a doubleton spade, we need to continue diamonds and hope for partner he also has the queen of diamonds.
For that declarer needs to have something like AJ, AQx, xx, AKTxxx.
I don't think that is enough for the bidding declarer did, so that isn't an option either.

So, my conclusion is that we need to switch to a small hoping for a singleton A with declarer. Declarer after winning the ace can't do better than cashing his clubs and play a . That should be for partner, and partner can return a to set up the setting trick…

July 9, 2018
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Thanks all. Both a club and the ace of spades set the contract. Although after spade A you'd better switch to a club.
Jan. 10, 2018
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Partner had the ace of diamonds. Without that led, declareren had 13 trucks….
Oct. 12, 2017
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I agree, but since it was my partners lead, I could not do much about that…
July 23, 2017
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1nt (4, 5+ m) — 5h
July 19, 2016
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Not cashing the clubs before playing the king of Hearts look better
July 2, 2016
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How does that work? Gazilli after partner responded 2 hearts?
Aug. 17, 2015
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3 minor suit asking, 3 GF with singleton in a major
Feb. 11, 2014
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