Neither vulnerable. East deals.

Neither vulnerable. East deals.
K Q J 6 3
A 9 7
10 8
8 5 4
A 4 10 9 8 7 5
K Q J 6 8
? 3 2 ? 9 7
K 9 3 2 Q 10 7 6
10 5 4 3 2
A K J 6 5
The bidding:
Pass 1 Pass 1
Pass 2 Pass 3
Pass 4 Dbl Pass
Pass Pass
Opening lead: Ace of
This deal is from a major national pairs championship. See if you can equal declarer's feat of making four hearts doubled after the lead of the ace of spades.
North's second-round jump in hearts was invitational and, by agreement, promised only three card-support. Few will quibble with South's acceptance and West, looking at what seemed like 4 plus tricks, could not be restrained.
West led the ace of spades and finding the ace of trumps in dummy was a bit of a shock. West shifted to a low club and declarer captured East's queen with the ace. Declarer led the deuce of hearts and, to prevent declarer winning the trick with the nine, West inserted the jack, and the ace won.
The king of spades was cashed for a club discard and the ten of diamonds was led. When East followed low, declarer won with the ace, cashed the king and ruffed a diamond on the table, setting up two winning diamonds in hand when both defenders followed. Declarer returned to hand with a club ruff and led a winning diamond. West was a gone goose. If he discarded a club, declarer would simply play another diamond. If he ruffed high, he would score only two trump tricks to go with the ace of spades. Four hearts doubled and made for a joint top score.
This column is written by Tannah Hirsch and Omar Sharif. For information about Charles Goren's newsletter for bridge players, call (800) 788-1225 or write Goren Bridge Letter, P.O. Box 4410, Chicago, Ill. 60680.
& copy; 2007, Tribune Media Services
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