Playing in a regional Swiss against decent opponents, I sit East with about an ace more than my normal holding.
The main difference between book problems and real play
is that in a book, one knows when to stop and think to solve
a problem. Rarely in real play does someone ring a bell to
tell you that it's time to think things though, but this
hand does. It's obvious that the only way to beat
I won't let that happen. I play a diamond at trick three. Declarer wins, cashes two high hearts, and frowns at partner's club discard on the second trump. He thinks for a while and plays a club to dummy. Partner follows to this trick, so I know declarer is exactly 2632, just as I surmised. Declarer leads a high club from dummy. I know he is going to ruff this anyway, so I throw my last diamond. He does ruff, and when he tries to cross back to dummy with a diamond, I ruff in for the setting trick.
Partner's pitching his third club was a thoughtful play. It enabled me to be 100% sure of the count. Such plays make defense a lot easier.
When we get back to compare scores, my teammate apologizes for "botching the trump coup." I said, "there was no trump coup at our table. We prevented it." Fortunately, they had stopped in four.