goren bridge Society

Sure trump trick?

Both vulnerable, North deals

Slam was too ambitious on these cards and would have been defeated on a club lead even if the trumps split normally. West led a heart, which was a reasonable choice after this auction. East happily grabbed his ace, expecting to defeat the contract with a trump trick still to come. East shifted to a spade, won by dummy’s queen.

Declarer thought he was in clover until he cashed the ace of diamonds and got the horrible news. He led a heart to his king and a spade back to dummy’s ace. East got a little nervous about his trump trick when dummy’s queen of hearts was led. East chose not to ruff this — ruffing wouldn’t have helped him — and discarded a club instead. South discarded one of his clubs on this trick and another on the king of spades, leaving this position:

Sure trump trick?

South led a spade from dummy and ruffed it when East shed a club. A club to the ace was followed by a heart, and East finally had to ruff high. South over-ruffed, led a diamond back to dummy’s queen, and scored the last two tricks with his king-eight of trumps sitting over East’s 10-seven. Well played!

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