CONTRACT: 4 South
OPENING LEAD: K (from A-K or K-Q)
Three or more possible losers: two clubs and one or two trumps.
Line of play: play the spade suit for one loser.
Trick 1 W: K, 4, 7, 3
Trick 2 W: A, 9, 2, J
Trick 3 W: 8, 10, Q, 4
Declarer must hurry to pull trumps to avoid a possible club ruff by West. The best play with the A Q J combination is to concede the spade king by playing low toward the ace and then low toward the queen..
Trick 4 S: 4, K, A, 3
Trick 5 N: 2, 9, J, 3
Trick 6 S: Q, 3, 8, 5
Declarer will concede the last trump and cash ten tricks: four spades, four hearts adn two diamonds.
Remark: a notrump game declared by North will be set one trick on a natural club lead by East, the defense cashing the first five tricks.
Declarer makes his contract.
The defense takes three tricks: one spade and two clubs.