#5 North South Vulnerable
West   North   East   South
Pass     Pass      Pass     1
Pass      1        Pass      1♠
Pass      2♠        AP
 
                 North (Dummy)
                 ♠ K J 8 4
                  Q 10 4 3
                  7 5
                  ♣ J 6 2
West                             East
♠                                    ♠
 A                                 6
                                     
♣                                   ♣
             South (Declarer)
             ♠ A 10 9 3
              J 9
              K Q J 10
             ♣ Q 9 7
 
West leads the A. East plays the 6 (discouraging). West switches to the 5. East cashes the AK and another club to South’s Q.  What is South’s plan?
 
This is a “discovery” hand.

Declarer has five top losers – two hearts, two clubs and the A.  The key on this hand is to find the ♠Q.  The clue is in the bidding.  Notice that West is a “passed hand” which means he has less than 12 HCP.  The lead of the A tells us that West also holds the K (A from AK) Once West shows up with the AK and East shows up with the ♣AK, it’s just a matter of who has the A to determine who doesn’t have the ♠Q!

After winning the ♣Q, South should lead out the K to find out who has the A.  Once Wests shows up with the Q, declarer now knows that West cannot hold the ♠Q.  A spade finesse through East’s hand is called a “Known Finesse.”

Take a look at the entire hand:
 
                    North (Dummy)
                    ♠ K J 8 4
                     Q 10 4 3
                     7 5
                    ♣ J 6 2
West                                   East
♠ 7 5 2                                 ♠ Q 6
 A K 5 2                             8 7 6
 A 6 4                                 9 8 3 2
♣ 10 8 5                              ♣ A K 4 3
                  South (Declarer)
                  ♠ A 10 9 3
                   J 9
                   K Q J 10
                  ♣ Q 9 7

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