From 1st December 2010 Board 19
West leads the ♠K. You duck one round and win the second. You can count 9 top tricks and if the Club finesse works then there will be 10 tricks. Is this simply a matter of taking that Club finesse or is there a better way to try for the overtrick?
There is almost a foolproof route to 10 tricks, regardless of who has the ♣K, if only East does not have a 5-card red suit. Declarer cashes the Hearts and the Diamonds first, and as it happens, East shows up with three Diamonds and both defenders follow to three rounds of Hearts. Now it looks as if East started with 2=4=3=4 distribution and West with 6=3=4=0. So, Declarer leads a Club, West predictably shows out, Dummy ducks, and East wins the trick. East can cash a Heart but now he is end-played in Clubs. 10 tricks!
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