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9 6 5 4 3 2
10 7
A K
Q J 8
Q J 8
9 6 5 4 3 2
10 7
A K
 
10 7
A K
Q J 8
9 6 5 4 3 2
A K
Q J 8
9 6 5 4 3 2
10 7
In most cases where either side has a fit, the opponents make up for it by holding the top trumps. In this case the trumps are not nearly as weak. Despite the strength, the defense can always score three trumps.
Against spades, the defense starts by cashing the A-K, then the A-K, followed by a heart from West at:
9 6 5 4 3 2
A K
Q
Q J 8
9 6 5 4
10 7
 
10 7
Q J 8
9 6 5 4
A K
Q
9 6 5 4 3 2
If North ruffs, East overruffs and leads a club, which gives West another trump trick.
If North pitches the Q, East ruffs and still leads a club:
9 6 5 4 3 2
A K
Q J 8
9 6 5
10 7
 
10
Q J 8
9 6 5 4
A K
9 6 5 4 3 2
South can't ruff, or it promotes a third trump trick for the defense, so South pitches a diamond and West ruffs high. This is just West's natural trump trick, but West then promotes another trump trick in his hand by leading a fourth heart:
9 6 5 4 3 2
K
J 8
9 6 5
10 7
 
10
Q J 8
9 6 5
A K
9 6 5 4 3
East ruffs with the 10, promoting a third trump trick for the defense.
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