Bridge Deal of the Week (May 25 2016)

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You reach the best game contract of 4♠, rejecting the inferior contract of 5♣. West leads the Q. From a holding of AKQ, the opponents play the opening lead convention that queen asks for count. East plays the 2, showing an odd number of cards. West cashes the A, and since he knows that a third heart will not cash, he shifts to the ♣5. How do you play the contract at IMPs where overtricks are immaterial?

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Under the reasonable assumption that diamonds are 4-3, you can guarantee your contract, regardless of how the other cards are distributed.

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