Playing in a knockout match where (as usual) you’re down at the end of the third quarter, you arrive at this neat 7♠ contract. Make this, and you may pull this match out. The lead is a trump, East following.
A. What is your best chance?
B. Would your play be any different if your hearts were the Q–J–10–9?
(1) Invitations are for peasants.
West leads the ♠3 (fourth best). You play low from dummy, and East thinks a long while before finally playing the 9. Darn. You win the king, cross to the ♥A and back to the ♥K. West discarding the ♠2. Now what?