If North declares 3 NT
, there is no way to set him
- the defense can only take four red-suit tricks. [If South was declarer, the
defense could take a third diamond trick, holding him to eight tricks.]
So that seems to be it for the defense. 4 ♠
lousy sacrifice; the defense takes the first first three spades, followed
by four clubs (South pitching two hearts,) and then a heart ruff.
can make six tricks, but again that's not good enough. The defense
starts with a diamond lead, and the finesse is taken. The diamond
ace is taken, followed by the ♥ A-K
and the ♥ 10
North wins, and the defense takes their three spade tricks, North
pitching clubs. Finally, South leads a high diamond at this position:
West can't get more than his two trump tricks, for a total of six
But East/West got one trick for playing in their seven-card fit rather
than the eight-card fit, so perhaps the six-card fit will be worth yet
Indeed, the only good sacrifice on this deal is 4 ♦
What can North/South do? Suppose they lead a diamond.
Declarer wins, and exits a club. Another diamond, won again
in the East hand. Declarer ruffs a club, plays the ace and king
of hearts, cashes the the diamond jack, reaching this position:
Declarer exits with the ♠ 9
, and South can take his
diamonds but eventually must give up a trick to the spade suit.
South sneaks by with seven tricks for -500.
North/South can avoid this endplay by playing off four rounds
spades at the outset. On the fourth round, West pitches
a heart, and North ruffs and exits the diamond king.
Declarer wins and leads a top club, and North wins, but has no
more trumps. Say North exits a heart. East wins, leads a club,
ruffed, followed by the ♥ K
and a heart ruffed (with
the queen, and South must underruff!) Finally another club is
led from East at this position:
If South ruffs with the ten or nine, West's heart is pitched. If South
ruffs with the six, West overruffs. Either way, West scores both
remaining trumps, yielding seven tricks total: two hearts, and five
What if the defense takes three spades then exits a diamond?
Then declarer just plays a fourth spade, forcing North to ruff,
and achieving the same position as before.