#1 Neither Vulnerable

East   South   West   North
1♠        DBL       4♠       Pass
Pass    5          AP                                                

North (Dummy)
♠ 9 7 3
 9 8 6 5
8 7
♣ Q J 4 2                        

West                                       East
K                                           ♠ A 10 8 4 2
                                               A 4
                                               K Q 10 2
♣                                              ♣ 6 3                                   

South (Declarer)


West leads the ♠K. What is East’s plan?
This is a “Count your tricks” hand.

When a defender can see what needs to be done to defeat a contract, then do it!  East knows that South has at most 1 spade from the bidding.  East also knows that a diamond trick may very well be going away on the dummy’s clubs once the A is knocked out.  East must over take the K and switch to the K at trick 2.  When in with the A, cash the Q for down 1!

Take a look at the entire hand:

North (Dummy)
♠ 9 7 3
 9 8 6 5
 8 7
♣ Q J 4 2

West                                      East
♠ K Q J 5                                ♠ A 10 8 4 2
 —–                                       A 4
 J 6 5 4 3                               K Q 10 2
♣9 8 7 5                                 ♣ 6 3                               

South (Declarer)
♠ 6
 K Q J 10 7 3 2
 A 9
♣ A K 10

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