CONTRACT: 3NT South
OPENING LEAD: J (top of a sequence)
Eight sure winners: one spade, three hearts, one diamond and three clubs.
Line of play: find clubs or hearts dividing 3-3.
Trick 1 W: J, Q, K, A
South decides to test the hearts and the clubs for a 3-3 split.
Trick 2 S: A, 5, 2, 8
Trick 3 S: K, 3, 4, 9
Trick 4 S: 7, 4, Q, 10 No luck with the hearts!
Trick 5 N: A, 6, 2, 7
Trick 6 N: A, 3, Q, 8
Trick 7 S: K, 10, 4, J
South can now count nine winners: one spade, three hearts, one diamond and four clubs.
Remark: if declarer takes the spade finesse instead of hoping for a favorable break in hearts or clubs, the contract will go down one or more tricks.
Declarer makes his contract.
The defense takes four tricks: the spade king plus three tricks in the majors.