I was fooling around on Bridge Base last night when I had a pleasant experience. A BBO friend invited me to his table where I was partnered by a well-known expert and we had about 35 kibitzers. I was dealer and picked up this nice hand:
I opened 1 Club, partner bid 1 Spade, I rebid 2NT and she raised me to 3NT. LHO led the jack of hearts, and I saw:
I wanted to set up the clubs and the heart king was my only sure entry to dummy, so I won the first trick in my hand with the ace, then started the clubs with the ace. RHO showed out, pitching a heart (a critical error as it turned out), so the clubs weren't going to come in and I had to find a Plan B. I saw a possible 9 tricks: 2 spades, 3 hearts, 2 diamonds and 2 clubs. To get there, I had to start the spades. I led the deuce. LHO won the king and continued a second heart (a diamond would have been better). I won dummy's king, played a club to my king and played the ten of spades (to unblock). It went jack, queen, ace. RHO returned a heart, I won the queen and LHO followed with the ten. My 8 of hearts was now good, so I was up to 8 tricks. If the spades came in 3-3, I would be up to 9, so I played my last spade to dummy's 9. LHO showed out, but I still had a chance. RHO had a good spade, but all his remaining cards had to be diamonds. So I played dummy's last spade. RHO won and returned a diamond, perforce. I played low, holding my breath, and when LHO didn't produce the king, I was home with 1 spade, 4 hearts, 2 diamonds and 2 clubs.
My expert partner sent me a nice message: "I'm impressed!" That's a great thing to read in front of 35 kibitzers!