In a past club game this deal was played 13 times, and seven pairs reached the excellent 6 contract (one pair bid 7 oops!) but only two were successful. The auction is shown as it occurred at one table.
After the obvious lead of the K, the ace was won in dummy. The unsuccessful declarers sooner or later tried to cash three top clubs, intending to discard a spade so that a spade could be ruffed in dummy. When the third club was ruffed, it was all over. Dummy could overruff, of course, but there was nothing declarer could do to avoid losing two spade tricks.
The successful declarers were made of sterner stuff. They recognized the potential of a dummy reversal establishing the dummys hand by ruffing losers in declarers hand.
After winning the A, a diamond was ruffed high in the South hand. Two top clubs were cashed (this could have been postponed as the cards lie, but was technically correct), followed by a low trump to dummy and another diamond ruff high. The 10 was overtaken by dummys jack and the last diamond was ruffed by South. Dummy was entered by ruffing Souths small club and the last enemy trump was drawn. Finally, one of dummys spade losers could be parked on Souths high club. And thats 12 cold tricks!
© 1997 Richard Pavlicek