CONTRACT: 3 South
OPENING LEAD: 3 (4th best under an honor)
Five possible losers: one heart, two diamonds and two clubs.
Line of play: ruff the heart loser and take finesses in clubs and diamonds.
Trick 1 W: 3, A, 8, 4
Trick 2 N: 2, 5, J, K
Trick 3 W: A, 4, 3, 2
Trick 4 W: 7, 9, J, Q
Trick 5 S: Q, 6, 2, 6
Trick 6 S: 3, 2, Q, 9
Trick 7 N: A, 10, 6, 8
Declarer now has his nine winners: one spade, one heart, two diamonds and five clubs.
Remark: following a standard one-notrump response, South would have been declarer in 1NT.
On a natural heart lead by West and against best defense (West must duck the first club lead), South will end up one trick short of his cvontract, with one spade, one heart, three diamonds and one club.
Declarer makes his contract.
The defense takes four tricks: two hearts, a diamond and a club.