Here's a cute hand from a NAOP qualifier today. (Board 12, hands rotated.) Holding the South cards, I opened 3 hearts after RHO passed. Bob, my partner, raised to 4. The ace of diamonds was led.
I ruffed the diamond and studied the hand. How would you play it?
I first think about ruffing a couple of clubs, but that would still leave me with a club loser and unable to take a heart finesse.
What about a loser on loser play--throwing a club on a diamond honor? That line has risks--getting to the board for the play and getting back to the board for the heart finesse. There has to be a better way. Plus, this is matchpoints, so the maximum number of tricks is the goal.
Any other ideas?
How about this? Lead the queen of hearts from my hand, in order to maintain trump control! Yes, this is it. LHO won the king of hearts and returned a trump. I scored up 680 for all the matchpoints. Once LHO wins the king of hearts she has no recourse. Of course, if she started with more than 2 hearts she can cause me trouble by refusing to win the king.
See you at the table!