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Thoughts wanted on defensive carding

West
K93
K1086
J1095
A7
North
874
AJ9
Q76
J1062
East
QJ52
32
842
Q943
South
A106
Q754
AK3
K85
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
1NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

Nothing too dramatic happened on this hand from a matchpoints club game, but it raised interesting questions for my partnership about defensive carding philosophy, and I was curious to hear what others thought.

Playing standard honors and UDCA, West led the diamond jack . When declarer played low from dummy, East played an encouraging deuce, on the grounds that (a) if West had a 4-card or longer suit, continuing diamonds at every chance would set up a trick in that suit and (b) East didn't know what switch he might want.

Declarer won with the ace, played a heart to dummy's nine, then followed with the J, holding, and a club to the king, won by the ace.

West played a second diamond, won by declarer's king, and declarer played her third club. On this card, West pitched the discouraging spade 9, on the grounds that he wanted partner to play his last diamond rather than a spade.

Declarer's early heart play makes eight tricks unstoppable, but my partner and I had a subsequent (entirely civil) discussion about the correctness of the diamond deuce and spade nine in context. As always, I'm grateful to any others who are willing to contribute their thoughts about this.

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