# Just One More Trick

Dlr:
South
Vul:
Both
North
♠ A Q 3
J 6 5
A 8 4 2
♣ J 5 2
South
♠ K 8 6 4 2
A K Q
K 10
♣ A K Q
 West North East South 2♣ Pass 2♦ Pass 2NT Pass 6NT All Pass

Against your normal 6NT contract, West leads the 10. How do you plan to get to 12 tricks?

## Solution

With 11 top tricks and 12 if spades were 4-1, declarer looked at the possibility of a spade-diamond squeeze against the defender with long spades if they were 5-0. Declarer saw that, if he cashed even one spade and ducked a diamond, a defender with five spades could win it and return a spade, killing the squeeze.

In order to cater for to eventualities, declarer won the first trick with the A, then cashed the K and the top two clubs. Then he led a low spade to dummy’s queen. West’s discard turned a potential 12 tricks into 11. While taken aback by this development, declarer had prepared well. He continued with a low diamond from the table and, when East played the jack, declarer took this with the king, then ran the 10 to East’s queen. East exited with the ♠J. Declarer took this in dummy with the ace. He cashed the A and jettisoned the Q from hand. Declarer continued with the J and repeated the maneuver by discarding the ♣Q from hand, thereby bringing everyone down to three cards. East was reduced to the ♠10 9 and the 9. When the ♣ was played, East had no winning discard. If he had followed to the first diamond with a low one, declarer planned to cover it with the 10. That would prove to be a winning play when East had begun with three diamonds, including the 9 and at least one honor. Otherwise, the same squeeze would have operated.

The full deal:

Dlr:
South
Vul:
Both
North
♠ A Q 3
J 6 5
A 8 4 2
♣ J 5 2
West
♠ —
10 9 8 7 2
6 5 3
♣ 10 8 7 6 4
East
♠ J 10 9 7 5
4 3
Q J 9 7
♣ 9 3
South
♠ K 8 6 4 2
A K Q
K 10
♣ A K Q