Hand of the Week
The 4♦ bid was an artificial slam try in hearts, saying nothing about the diamond suit, so you drove to the small slam in hearts. How do you plan to make the contract after West leads a trump?
This is another taken from a local teams game where the full deal was:
One declarer drew trumps, cashed the top clubs, and when they failed to break 3-3, he led a spade to the king. West was not troubled to cash two spade tricks. South felt he done as well as he could by combining his chance is the black suits.
At the score-up, he said “Minus 100.” And the reply was, “Minus 1430. That’s 17 away.” The declarer at the other spotted an extra chance, that the ♦Q-J-x would fall in three rounds. After drawing trumps, he cashed the ♦A and ♦K, then crossed to dummy with a club to ruff the ♦7. As you can see, dummy’s ♦10 was established for the 12th trick.
Of course, if the diamond play had failed, the second declarer would have tested the clubs and only when they failed to break would he lead up to the ♠K.