Dlr: West ♠ 10 9 7 3 2 Vul: E-W ♥ K 6 4 3 ♦ A 2 ♣ J 3 ♠ K Q J 8 4 ♥ 8 7 5 ♦ K 3 ♣ A K 6
 West North East South 1♥ Pass Pass 1♠ Pass 2♥ (1) Pass 4♠ All Pass

West leads the Q. You play low from the dummy and East wins with the A, obviously a singleton. East continues with the ♣10. How will you play after winning with the ♣A?

## Solution

Considering that East, who had passed his partner’s opening bid, took the first trick with the A, declarer placed the ♠A on his left. Clearly there would not be a problem if West had at least two trumps, so declarer turned his thoughts to overcoming the problem of West having a bare ♠A.

Declarer’s plan was to strip the minor-suits from his hand and dummy before playing a trump. If East ruffed the K he would then have no satisfactory exit card. So after taking the club shift at trick three with the ace, declarer cashed the A and K, then cashed the ♣K and ruffed the ♣6 high. Only then did he call for a trump from dummy. West took the ♠K with the ace and returned a predictable J. Declarer covered this with the king and East ruffed with his remaining trump. With only minor-suit cards remaining, East had to play one, allowing declarer to throw his heart loser on the return and ruff it dummy for his 10th trick. The full deal:

 Dlr: West ♠ 10 9 7 3 2 Vul: E-W ♥ K 6 4 3 ♦ A 2 ♣ J 3 ♠ A ♠ 6 5 ♥ Q J 10 9 2 ♥ A ♦ Q J 10 6 ♦ 9 8 7 5 4 ♣ Q 7 4 ♣ 10 9 8 5 2 ♠ K Q J 8 4 ♥ 8 7 5 ♦ K 3 ♣ A K 6