I had an interesting decision to make at trick one last Friday when I found myself in six spades after some vigorous preempting in clubs by the opponents. A club was led and neither I nor my partner had any!
|♠ K 10 4|
♥ A K 9 5
♦ A K Q 10 6 2
|♠ A J 9 5 2|
♥ 8 6 4 3
♦ J 9 7 5
|6 ♠ by South|
It is important to think about the various possible divisions of spades. If they divided 3-2, the hand would be easy. If RHO had all 5 spades I would have some problems. I decided that it was quite possible that spades were 4-1 with 4 spades on my right. If that were the actual holding, I still needed to play carefully.
If I ruffed in dummy I couldn't pick up 4 to the queen on my right. I therefore made what seemed like an unusual play--discarding a heart from dummy and ruffing in my hand!
When I led a spade toward the king, LHO did indeed turn up with one spade--the Queen! I finished drawing trumps and scored up 1010 for a tie for top.
See you at the table!