South won the opening spade lead in hand and cashed two more high trumps, noting the poor split. He reasoned that, if he ruffed a heart to draw the last trump, the opponents would be able to cash enough hearts to defeat him when they won the ace of clubs.
Declarer decided to play on clubs immediately.
East ducked the first club, won the second, and gave West a club ruff. West exited with a heart and South had to rely on the diamond finesse. Down one.
Declarer was certainly unlucky, but he could have made his contract. Can you spot how?
South could have prevailed by leading a low heart from his hand at trick four!
East can win and shift to a diamond, but South ducks and allows West to win his jack. No return by West matters, but say he shifts to a heart.
South ruffs in dummy and draws the last trump, discarding the queen of diamonds from hand.
Declarer is now out of trumps but he has retained first-round control in both red suits. He can safely knock out the ace of clubs at this point and claim his contract!
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