Puzzle This

♠ 5 4 2
A K J 4 2
J 4
♣ A 3 2
♠ A Q 3
7 6
♣ K Q J 10 9 8 7

You are declarer, as South, in 6♣ in a team game. West leads the K. You win the A and play the ♣K, both opponents following. If you find the proper line of play, you can claim. See it?

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Draw the last trump with the ♣Q, cash the A K and play the J, discarding the ♠3. West, who you know has the Q from the opening lead, wins the trick, but is endplayed.

A spade return will run into your ace–queen tenace, while a diamond return will allow you to ruff in dummy and pitch the ♠Q from your hand.

What about a heart return? If West leads the Q, you can just ruff in the closed hand, cross to dummy with the trump ace, and pitch the ♠Q on J. If West instead tries to get out with a low heart, cover it with the jack. If East plays the queen, the heart suit was 3–3: Simply ruff, cross to dummy and take a spade pitch on a good heart.