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  1. What do we know?   Steve Elliott on a critical moment in defence
  2. An opportunity to shine   Phil Green on an easily missed inference   Feedback below
  3. Trust your opponents   Richard Samter underestimates the opposition.
  4. Trust your opponents - and still get zero   Phil Green on the silliness of pairs
  5. Wanted: two tricks   but Roger Bendall only finds one ...
Feedback   Q&A 2: An opportunity to shine

Richard Samter writes:

The hand is interesting and the analysis accurate, but I think you missed a further reason to play the
A. It doesn't matter if West's K is singleton, as long as he has a second club. If K doesn't fall, you can return to dummy with K and then cash the last two spades, discarding diamonds. Declarer's hand is now high except for K.
Also, I don't like the lead. If East has
A or K,  declarer will (or should) be able to count the hand. A and another spade is less revealing, and might even give partner a ruff.

Richard Samter further writes:
I wrote the above a week or two ago, and it showed up a couple of interesting points.
The first is that I cannot count to three. I was in fact aware of this, but it's only fair to warn prospective partners of the fact. My suggested line only sets up two diamond discards, leaving a loser in each suit if the
K doesn't drop. The best line in that case is to play a low diamond to dummy and hope the J is allowed to hold. Two discards will then be enough to make the contract.
The second point is less clear-cut. Only one person (Phil) pointed out my error. This could be for a number of reasons:

Nobody looks at the website
   Those who do are too polite (or lazy) to comment on my counting ability
They can't count either.