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Card Combination

Dlr: West ♠ K J 4 2
Vul: None Q 10 9
A 7 2
♣ 6 4 2
♠ 7 6 5
A K 8
K 9 5
♣ A K Q 3
West North East South
Pass Pass 1♣ Dbl
Pass 2♠ Pass 3NT
All Pass

South doubled East’s third-seat 1♣ bid and then bid 3NT over North’s invitational 2♠ bid. South did not consider a slam since North was marked with a maximum of about 10 points.

West started the ♣9. East overtook with the 10, and South won the trick.

It looks like South will need a spade trick, and he decided to try for one by force rather than to try an endplay. The play at trick two was the ♠5, 8 from West, jack from dummy, and the queen from East. So far, more or less predictable. East continued with the ♣J, won by South, as West followed suit. East is marked with only four clubs so there is no danger there.

At the next trick South continued spades by leading the 6 to West’s 10, the king, and East’s ace. Is this all bad news or what?

East continued with a club and declarer won, West showing out.

How do you measure South’s chances now?

He continued with his ♠7 and West discarded a heart. East won the ♠9, cashed his club, and returned the Q.

Can you make 3NT now? How?

The answer is embarrassingly simple. Go to dummy and cash the ♠4, dropping East’s 3. Did you follow the spade spots or did you overlook something? No need to tell anyone. It’s between you and the ♠4.

Dlr: West ♠ K J 4 2
Vul: None Q 10 9
A 7 2
♣ 6 4 2
♠ 10 8 ♠ A Q 9 3
6 5 4 3 2 J 7
8 6 4 3 Q J 10
♣ 9 5 ♣ J 10 8 7
♠ 7 6 5
A K 8
K 9 5
♣ A K Q 3

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