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
♣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.