Intermediate and newcomer players - sharpen your game with this series of tutorials. You can browse the index by topic, or read them in order. Learn even more at ACBL's Learn page.
South West North East
1♠ 2♦ 4♠ Pass
You are sitting East and no doubt you gave serious thought to bidding 5♦. That would surely be a good sacrifice if 4♠ is making. Having guessed to defend you must now find a nice defensive play if you are to justify your shyness in the bidding.
West leads the ♦K, won by Declarerís Ace. A Diamond is ruffed in Dummy, followed by a Spade to Declarerís Ace. Then the Club Four is led to Dummyís Jack and your Queen (Partner playing the Eight). It looks like might be trying to end-play you. Before deciding what to do, can you deduce Declarerís distribution?