I'm playing in a small regional flight A Swiss. RHO
is a client I don't recognize; LHO is a well-known pro.
Both vulnerable, partner deals me A864 KJ8654 K53
and opens a weak two hearts. RHO overcalls 2NT, and all pass.
This partner's weak two bids are very variable. Sometimes he
has a good hand and a good suit, and sometimes he has nothing.
For some reason, I judge not to lead his suit, but lead fourth
from my longest and strongest instead. Dummy apologizes for
a scanty dummy, and I see
Declarer puts up the 10, partner covers with the queen
(yay!), and declarer wins her ace. After some thought,
she cashes the A and continues with the Q. Partner high-
lows, suggesting an odd number. I could exit with the
8 to tell my partner about my entry, but I'll
have time to make that signal if he gets in with a heart,
so instead, I try being a little tricky and nonchalantly continue
with the 4. Indeed, declarer takes her eye off the
ball and calls for a small diamond. Partner shows out,
and declarer says, "oh, sh...," as she follows with the 2.
Declarer ended up down three. At the other table, my
teammate judged to attack hearts before clubs, so he had
plenty of tricks before the diamonds ran. The
defense slopped a trick, so he made three for +150.
It isn't everyday you see the second round of a suit
won by the four.
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