Opening lead: ♦4. Plan the play. If you play low from dummy, East plays the 9.
West leads the ♦A (ace from ace–king). East signals encouragement with the ♦9, and West continues with the ♦K and a low diamond to East’s queen. You ruff and lead the ♠A.
- How do you continue if East shows out, discarding a heart?
- How do you play for an overtrick if both follow to the ♠A, but West shows out on the ♠K?