East-West vulnerable. South deals.

East-West vulnerable. South deals.
J 3
7 4 3 2
A Q 10 7 6
5 4
Q 6 2 5 4
J 9 10 8 6 5
8 5 4 K J 9 3
Q J 10 3 2 A K 6
A K 10 9 8 7
9 8 7
The bidding:
1 Pass 1NT Pass
3 Pass 4 Pass
Pass Pass
Opening lead: Queen of
Don't rely on partner doing what you should do yourself. He might not be sure what you have in mind.
The auction presented no problem. South was near-maximum for his jump rebid of three spades, which guarantees at least a six-card suit, and North had just enough to continue to game.
West led the queen of clubs and East followed with the six. Since that was the lowest club in the unseen hands, West thought his partner wanted a diamond shift, and duly returned the four of diamonds. Declarer rose with the ace from dummy and reverted to clubs. East won with the king and shifted to a trump, but it was too little too late. Declarer rose with the king, ruffed a club in dummy, returned to hand with the ace of hearts, cashed the ace of spades and conceded a trump -- making four-odd.
East's diamond holding should have made it clear that declarer was not going to be able to use dummy's long suit. At trick one, therefore, East should have overtaken the queen of clubs with the king to shift to a trump. On winning the second club, the defenders remove dummy's last trump. That will probably result in South going down two tricks, since he is likely to take the diamond finesse in an attempt to get rid of his club loser.
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