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Too much pressure

North-South vulnerable, North deals

North-South powered their way to game on a deal that might produce 12 tricks on a good day. This was not a good day and even 10 tricks proved to be a challenge. South won the opening diamond lead with dummy’s ace and led a heart to the king and ace.

South ruffed the diamond continuation and continued with the queen, jack, and another heart. This was the position, with East already under pressure for discards:

Too much pressure

The defense was helpless. A diamond from West forced both dummy and East to discard clubs as South ruffed. A low club then set up South’s clubs. A club shift from West, instead of another diamond, would see South win and cash his last trump, leading to the same ending. Alternatively, South could cash the king of spades before exiting with a club. That would lose the entry to the long clubs but would force East to give dummy an extra spade trick.

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