West led the ♦ K
, and continued with the ♦ Q
West then shifted to a low spade; East won, and shifted to a heart.
This defense was less than optimal, and declarer, Robin Pleau (robyn on
OKbridge), used it to find a surprising overtrick. She won the trump shift
and ran her trumps, leading to this four-card end-position on the last
On the last trump, East thought a long time, then pitched the
, perhaps praying that his partner was
holding the ♦ J
Robin cashed the now established ♦ J
, and again East was
squeezed, forced to ungaurd yet another suit.
Of course, East's best pitch at the four-card end-position would have
been a club. Robin would get two clubs here, but would have to concede
a trick at the end to West's ♣ 10
But in the above diagram, I've had West pitch perfectly. In reality,
West did not value his club cards, and pitched two of them on the
It was worth 71% to go plus on this board. The overtrick
gave Robin a clear top.