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Partner leads the 2 against 4, dummy's jack wins the trick. Declarer ruffs a club in hand at trick two, partner following with the ♣9, and leads the 8, partner plays low, you win the trick with the king. What do you play now?

It is possible that partner has led a singleton diamond, in which case you should give him a diamond ruff. However, partner's play of the ♣9 should carry significance - it is the highest club he could spare. Partner is showing interest in spades, and you should play a low spade to partner's king, win the spade return with the ace, and give partner a spade ruff to defeat the contract.

 K8 Deal  A52
 763  K52
 Q52  9843
 K9873  Q54

If declarer wins the opening diamond lead in hand and plays the 8, then your task becomes truly difficult, as you don't have access to a signal from partner in clubs. Even in that scenario, partner's card in the trump suit should be a suit-preference signal.

Bridge Baron's double dummy analysis confirms that apart from an opening ♠K lead, a low spade at trick four is required to defeat the contract.
Par Contract Analysis:
The par contract on this deal is 4♠ by North-South.

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