On board 10 all Wests bar one ended up in 4♥ one way or another. The above bidding was James and me but typically with hands like this, the bidding is likely to have varied cosiderably. On one occasion 4♥ was doubled and one West allowed North to play in 3♣ which gave East-West a bottom.
Several Wests made 4♥ but I was not one of them!
If you look at all four hands, you will see there are 10 tricks, losing one diamond and two clubs. However, if you can't see all four hands, there are some decisions to be made as it looks like the contract is dependent on the Ace of diamonds being onside and therefore not losing two diamond tricks.
I received a club lead to the Ace and a club was returned at trick 2. At trick 3 Nadia, sitting North, returned a third club, giving me a ruff and discard. This turned out to be a Greek gift of the highest magnitude!
First I had to decide where to ruff and then I had to decide what to discard from the other hand.
Seeing I was looking at eight hearts in my hand, there was a possibility that Nadia held seven clubs (though she may well have bid them if she had). I therefore decided not to ruff in dummy as Carole may overruff and I would then get no discard.
As I held ten trumps between the hands, I was not unduly concerned about the Queen. However, if the Ace of diamonds was sitting over the King Queen, I would have two diamond losers so discarding a diamond was potentially very helpful. I therefore discarded a small diamond from dummy and ruffed in hand, then played a diamond to dummy's King Queen so I could ruff one of my losing diamonds. Seemed like a good plan but look what happened...
The Ace of diamonds was onside after all so losing a third diamond was not now a problem. However, having discarded a diamond from dummy, I now had to ruff one of my losing diamonds which meant that when there was an unlikely three nil trump break, I was now unable to catch the queen!
Had I not been presented with a ruff and discard in clubs (or discarded a spade from dummy instead of a diamond, an unlikely play), I would have been able to play a trump towards dummy's king and when North showed out, I would have been able to play a trump back and take the marked finesse.
Looking at North's hand, a spade or diamond switch actually hand the contract to Declarer on a plate so the ruff and discard was a cunning defence indeed... Double dummy, the winning line on the defence I received would have been to discard a spade from dummy and ruff in hand. Now with the trumps three nil and the Ace of diamonds onside 4♥ can be made - A very bizarre line of play in practice but that is Bridge for you!
The results on this board were 4♥ doubled making, 4♥ going one off (twice), 4♥ making ten tricks (twice) and even 4♥ making with an overtrick. Then there was one lucky North who was allowed to play in 3♣ just making.
So if you haven't heard of a Greek gift, now you know what it is, an apparently nice little present which then puts egg on your face!