Double Dummy Corner

 

Mistake 7

perpetrated by Rob Sheehan (The Times, London, 1998)

♠ Q10432

 87

 2

♣ AK765

♠ AK65

 A2

 8765

♣ QJ10




♠ J987

 6543

 A43

♣ 98

♠ none

 KQJ109

 KQJ109

♣ 432

South is declarer in four hearts.

Rob Sheehan claimed that the contract would be defeated on the lead of a top spade, ruffed by South, provided that East wins the first diamond and switches to a trump, ducked by West, who wins the second trump and leads the other top spade.

What did Rob Sheehan miss?  Is the contract defeated on a top spade lead?  Does any other lead defeat the contract?

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Date last modified: 11 March, 2017