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Against Expert opponents, you reach a contract of 4 hearts, with no opposition bidding. West Leads the King of Diamonds, and continues with the Queen of Diamonds (by agreement, opponents lead the King from KQ). West now switches to the Jack of clubs. How do you plan to restrict your losers to 3?
Solution: Here is the postition when West leads the Queen of Spades:
 Q Deal

Does West hold the Jack of spades too? If so, the correct play is to win the King of Spades, and play a spade to the ten. There are several reasons however, as to why West does not have the Jack of Spades. First, there is a 75% chance that the spade honors are split. Also, a cunning West might play the Jack rather than the Queen with QJx. But there is an absolutely convincing reason as to why West does not have QJx of spades. When you played the third club the opponents had the opportunity to win the trick in either hand. Therefore, if west had the QJ of spades, East would have won the trick and played a spade, after which you cannot pick up the spade suit. Since the opponents are experts, you can assume they made the right play. Hence, the correct play is the Ace of spades, followed by a spade to the 9.
 Q53 Deal  J872
 92  8
 KQ1083  AJ96
 J106  Q987

Give yourself full credit if you figured out the reason why winning the Ace of spades and playing a spade to the 9 is correct.

This deal is really not suitable for a double dummy analysis. This is because, when all four hands are seen, it becomes trivial to play the spade suit when West shifts to the Queen of Spades.
Par Contract Analysis:

Bridge Baron deal No : 03165311814117088802575437313

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