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  Double cross

The following hand was played in a Wednesday pairs session at the club. Having diagnosed an awkward trump distribution, declarer plans a repeated throw-in to make his contract.

Game all

♠ 5

 A 8 4

 Q J 9 2

♣ A 9 8 5 2

Board 7

♠ A Q 10 6 4 3

 5

 K 8 3

♣ J 4 3

After a competitive auction in which North bid diamonds and South bid hearts, as East you arrive in a contract of 3 Spades. South lead's a diamond on North's Ace and ruffs the diamond return on which you play low. South continues with a low club. Fearing another diamond ruff should North get the lead, you play the Ace and successfully finesse the ♠ Q, South following with the ♠ J.

The position is

♠ -

 A 8 4

 Q J

♣ 9 8 5 2

♠ A 10 6 4 3

 5

 K

♣ J 4

Placing North with ♠ K 9 8 and 3 more diamonds you plan an elegant double endplay. You unblock the  K, cross to the  A, cash the  Q discarding a club then ruff a heart to leave

 

♠ K 9 8

??

 
 -

 8

 -

♣ 9 8 5 2

♠ A 10 6 4

 -

 -

♣ J

After exiting with a club you will regain the lead with a ruff and endplay North with a low trump to lead into your ♠ A 10 and a total of nine tricks.

Sadly for declarer, South had false carded in trumps and was able to ruff the diamond king and cash the ♣ K Q. Unable to pick up the king of trumps you finish two down.

The full hand:

 

♠ K 8 7

 K 6 3

 A 10 6 5 4

♣ 10 7

 

♠ 5

 A 8 4

 Q J 9 2

♣ A 9 8 5 2

♠ A Q 10 6 4 3

 5

 K 8 3

♣ J 4 3

 

♠ J 9 2

 Q J 10 9 7 2

 7

♣ K Q 6