2nd March 2016

Dealer South
S
84
   
Game All
H
K852
   
    D Q764
   
    C AQ10
   
S
QJ765
    S
A932
H
Q43
    H
J
D
K
    D
10982
C
8543
    C
KJ92
    S
K10
   
    H
A10976
   
    D
AJ32
   
    C
76
   


This deal is from a recent league match between St Titus (Michael Byrne) and Leaders with Attitude (Jeanne Bayly).

South played in four hearts in both rooms.  Michael Byrne got the spade queen lead to the ace and the ten of diamonds switch.  He decided that East was unlikely to switch with the king of diamonds, so went up with the ace to drop the king.  With the shortage in diamonds on the left it seemed probable that the length in hearts was also with West.  He cashed the spade king, then the heart ace.  When the jack dropped he followed restrictive choice and finessed against the heart queen and drew the last trump.  He then threw East in with the fourth diamond and she had to lead into the club tenace or concede a ruff and discard.  Making eleven tricks.  Nice card reading and good technique.  In the other room West lead the king of diamonds, but declarer mis-guessed the trumps and failed to eliminate, ending two down.