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Defend 4: Common Game 6/28/17 Bd 20
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I found this a rather fascinating hand

 

LHO is playing 4 on the given auction

Partner led the 9

East
K64
K3
AJ
AJ9854
South
Q532
97
KQ87
K63
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

The hand record indicates that EW can make 4          

But not if declarer takes the A at trick 1 sez DF

Let's say that declarer does win the A and continues with a second diamond.

How do you beat this contract?

Here is the whole hand

West
J7
A108654
10632
7
North
A1098
QJ2
954
Q102
East
K64
K3
AJ
AJ9854
South
Q532
97
KQ87
K63
D

 

Even looking at the entire hand it wasn't evident to me what switch would kill the contract.

I clicked on the button to show me the right card.

There was one

 

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND STUDY THE HAND BEFORE YOU CLICK ON "NEXT PAGE"

Q

Even after following various play lines with Deep Finesse it was not easy to see why only the Q was the killing defense.

 

On the auction maybe an underlead of the A will beat the hand.  Leading a trump or club surely won't.

A diamond lead seems quite natural. 

Let's say that declarer is 'on the ball' and ducks at T1.  

South wants to cut dummy entries and leads back a trump.

It seems natural to win this in the dummy so that you can ruff a diamond low in dummy later.

Now A

If you continue with a club ruff... down you go!

You have to cash the A next because if you don't you won't be able to ruff your third diamond in dummy which exhausts North of their diamond exit card

If you have a double dummy analyzer you may find this hand to be a most interesting excursion.

Anytime I can see all four hands and still don't see the solution in a a minute of study

THAT'S A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE

 

http://thecommongame.com/PDF/170628HandRecord.pdf

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