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Defensive signalling problem

Two situations:

 

West
AKxxx
x
8xx
J9xx
North
x
AQxxx
763
AQxx
W
N
E
S
1
2
3
4
P
P
X
P
P
P

You are North in 4x, and partner has just lead a heart to your Ace. Assume for simplicity you have decided you're ultimately going to shift to a diamond. Two questions:

Part A)

1) Do you cash the Ace of clubs first before a diamond?

2) Which diamond do you switch to, playing standard midhand leads?

 

West
AKxx
x
J9xx
J9xx
North
x
AQxxx
763
AQxx
W
N
E
S
1
2
3
4
P
P
X
P
P
P

Part B)

Dummy's diamonds have changed. Same or different different answers for 1 and 2?

 

Part C) If you choose to lead the 7 in either situation, which diamond do you play on partner's second ? Assume partner has won the first round of diamonds, and is now leading a second winning diamond. What should the interpretation be of the signal? Assume you play standard current count. 

 

Please select up to 5 choices.

A1: Cash Ace of clubs at trick 2
A1: Play a diamond at trick 2
A2: 7
A2: 6
A2: 3
B1: Cash Ace of clubs at trick 2
B1: Play a diamond at trick 2
B2: 7
B2: 6
B2: 3
C: 6, giving standard current count
C: 3, giving suit preference for s
C: 6, other signal
C: 3, other signal

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