♠Q 7 6 5 ♥K J 9 3 ♦9 ♣K J 8 4.
My right-hand opponent, Lloyd Arvedon, opened 1♦, LHO bid 1♠ and Arvedon rebid 1NT, ending the auction.
What would you lead? Often, declarer has a heart suit on this auction, but no other lead was appealing, so I led the ♥3.
♠ K 8 4 3
♥ Q 10 2
♦ Q 8 5
♣ 7 3 2
♠ Q 7 6 5
♥ K J 9 3
♦ 9 <
♣ K J 8 4
Arvedon played the ♥10, partner the 6 and he followed with the 4. He next played the ♣2 to the 8, 10 and my jack. Now what?
It looks like declarer has values in hearts and clubs and he bid diamonds, so I tried a low spade. This went: 3, 9 and jack. South continued with the ♥7 towards dummy. I won the king and it was time to think.
If South had the ♠J, the ♥A, the ♦K and ♣A-Q, that would be 14 high-card points and I would need to lead another spade to partner's A-10 to get a club through. That would let us win two spades, one heart, one diamond and two clubs to hold declarer to plus 90.
I can't tell you why, but the play of the club to the 10 at trick two just didn't feel right. I shifted to a club and this was the layout:
I've made that club play myself. When I was in the Army, we had an expression: You can't BS the BSer.