West leads the two of Hearts against 6♠. You win with dummy’s Ace and play the King and Queen of trumps, East throwing a Heart on the second round. How should you continue?
Your first problem is to ensure that you do not lose a Diamond trick. You play three top Diamonds and East shows out on the third round. That poses no problem because you can simply ruff the fourth Diamond in dummy while West has to follow suit. You must now avoid a loser in the Club suit. Any ideas?
One obvious possibility is to finesse the Jack of Clubs. To decide which defender is likely to hold the Club Queen, you should determine the shape of the defenders’ hands. West has shown up with four trumps, one Heart (his lead of the ♥2 confirms that East’s pre-empt was based on a seven-card suit) and Four diamonds. So, he started with 4-1-4-4 shape and is therefore favourite to hold the Queen of Clubs.
You should aim to endplay West with a trump to lead away from the Queen of Clubs. You cross to your hand with the Ace of Clubs and play Ace and another trump, throwing West on lead. He exits with the ten of Clubs and you play low from dummy. Justice! East follows impotently with a low Club and you win with the Jack. The slam is yours.
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