#8 Neither Vulnerable
South   West   North   East
  2♣        Pass       2       Pass
  2        Pass       3       Pass
 4NT      Pass       5       Pass
  6         AP
                                                ♠ 6 5 4 3 2
                                                 K 9 8
                                                 K J
                                                ♣ J 10 5
                           West                                   East
                           ♠                                           ♠
                           ♣                                          ♣
                                                South (you)
                                                ♠ 7
                                                 A Q J 10 7 3 2
                                                 A Q
                                                ♣ A K 4
West leads the 10. What is South’s plan?
South should ruff the third round of spades with a low heart. As South, you have a spade loser with a club finesse. Another chance is the five-card suit in dummy! If spades are 4-3 (63%) then the fifth spade is used to discard the ♣4 and no finesse is required. Win the DA (keep K as entry to 5-card suit. Lead a spade at trick 2! Say East wins and returns a club. Win the ♣A and cross to the 8. Ruff a spade. Cross to the 9. Trump a spade. The opponents are still following! Cross to the K and trump the fourth spade. The fifth spade is now set up! Pull trump and cross to the K and lead the fifth spade to discard the ♣4. No more finesse needed!
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