I have seven tricks on top, with hopes for more in spades
and diamonds. Since the red suits are unlikely to supply
more than one extra trick, I shall have to play on spades.
I win the
What is going on? Clearly, East has KQx or better in spades. Playing the Queen was a mistake. She should play the King, concealing the Queen, though, unless she has the ten also, she should probably duck. Since she didn't return a club, she is probably short, most likely a singleton. From her heart spot, hearts are probably 4-3. Although I cannot tell which way right now, it seems likely that East has the fourth because she is short in clubs.
What can I do about this? I cannot get a spade trick without
letting them take three hearts and two spades, unless East
has KQ alone in spades. I cannot get four diamond tricks unless
QJ tight is around, which is unlikely. The
I duck the heart return to West's 10; he returns the King. I
am confident now that his original heart holding was K10x,
so I win the second heart and play a small diamond from
hand. Voila! He plays the Jack. I continue with the
ten from dummy, which is not covered. West shows out, pitching
a club, so I have my 8th trick in the bag. Now, all I have to
do is cash my diamond and club winners and see what East discards.
She follows, of course, to the third diamond and pitches a diamond
and a heart on the top clubs, which means she must have been dealt
3-4-5-1 shape and I am going to make this. I exit with my