| J109765 |
| AQ |
The bad guys lead a diamond, which I think is good for them. Tapping dummy may make the spades useless, but I must win the first trick with a low trump on the board anyway. This is as good a time as any to take the spade finesse. Who knows, those things don't always not work. Surprise! This time the Queen holds. I cash the Ace and unfortunately, the King does not drop. It must be right to ruff a diamond to dummy and set up spades. I ruff the third spade with the Queen, hoping to be overruffed, because I might then have a reentry to dummy in trumps, but the Queen holds.
I can now ruff a diamond and lead a good spade from dummy, but I think that will mess up my planned end position, so I exit with a club. They take their two clubs and continue with a third, which I ruff in hand. Now I ruff a diamond and ruff another spade with the seven. If it holds, I am cold by continuing with a low heart, but West overruffs and goes into the tank with these cards remaining:
| J10 |
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This position of the underruffing grand coup at trick 11 is very rare. I had only seen it before in Terence Reese's classic Master Play at Bridge, and feel very lucky to encounter one in real life.