We have one more thing (OMT) on the hand from yesterday. Our opponents bid three no trump and it was crucial that we do not play third hand high to limit their club winners one and transportation to the dummy. The hand in case your forgot:
North: S 7, H A Q 7 6 4, D K Q 5 3, C K 8 5
East: S Q 8 5 4 3, H 5, D 8 4, C J 6 4 3 2
South: S A K J 10 6, H J 3 2, D J 10 6, C Q 7
West (MWG) S 9 2, H K 10 9 8, D A 9 7 2, C A 10 9
Whoops: We just noticed that we left off the spade trey from our partner’s hand on the earlier post. It doesn’t matter to the play of the hand.
What if opponents bid four hearts as most did. Should we as West play third hand high? Absolutely. You have four defensive winners, two minor aces and two hearts, in your hand and you need to make sure you keep them. It is not a bad idea to play the ace of diamonds on the second trick. Then all you do have to cover the heart jack when it is played.
So in four hearts West plays the ace of clubs and returns a little one that dummy wins with the queen. What should declarer do? Answer play a little heart to the ace and then a little heart to the jack. This makes the contract against a singleton king and and three-two trump split. It is down one as the cards lay but the only hope against the distribution is to guess it and then find a way to get West to lead a trump. The defense couldn’t miss against four hearts as the cards lie. It could against three no trump.