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♠ K Q 7 5 4
K 2
6 5
♣ A Q 6 5
♠ A 9
A
A Q 4 3 2
♣ J 9 8 7 2
West North East South
1♠ Pass 2
Pass 2NT Pass 3♣
Pass 4♣ Pass 6♣
All Pass

West leads the ♠2. How should you play?

Solution
♠ K Q 7 5 4
K 2
6 5
♣ A Q 6 5
♠ 2 ♠ J 10 8 6 3
Q 10 9 5 4 3 J 8 7 6
J 10 9 7 K 8
♣ 4 3 ♣ K 10
♠ A 9
A
A Q 4 3 2
♣ J 9 8 7 2

West leads the ♠2 against 6♣.

The key to this deal is to resist the natural temptation of playing low from dummy at trick one, with the idea of winning in hand and taking the club finesse. You want to try both the diamond and club finesses, but if West’s ♠2 is a singleton it would be a mistake to start with the club finesse. It is much better to try the diamond finesse first. If it loses you will be able to fall back on the trump finesse, but if it wins you will be able to play a club to the ace and a club, eliminating all danger.

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