In this layout, imagine that South needs three spade tricks. The natural line would be to lay down the
If South can deduce where the queen is, however, then the
South makes a simple overcall but gets propelled into game by North.
West's opening lead is the
Having lost three tricks already, South must run the table. 20 combined HCP are in the North-South hands, and West has shown 8 HCP. Consequently, East probably holds the most or all of the remaining 12 HCP for his
South should therefore realize that a backward finesse is in order. After drawing trumps (they split 2-1), South leads a heart to dummy's ace and swings the
The full deal:
If East covers with the
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