1S 2S 2NT* 3D* 4S lead of Q♥
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What are your initial thoughts?
I felt that we were in a good spot, but it does not look like a spot that many people in this club game are going to be in. I had to make the contract.
I won the heart lead and laid down the Ace of spades. East showed out. Now what?
Obviously, I need to use the diamond entries to take spade finesses, but also retain trump control. How though? What's better? A diamond to the Queen, to the 9 or running the 10?
Running the 10 seems best because the two diamond honors are likely to be split. Leading to the 9 seems to have the advantage of creating two entries. But if I lose to a singleton honor with East, he'll find a club switch and get a diamond ruff. If diamonds are 3-2, I may not have the luxury of 2 entries anyway. What's the right way to play this combination?
I played a diamond to the Queen, which lost to the King. Two rounds of clubs. Now, a second diamond to the 9, which lost to the Jack. With only entry to dummy, I had to also lose a spade.
East turned out to have KJ tight. Should I have gotten this right?