In Audrey Grant’s little book on end plays, she says there are many suit combinations where it is to declarer’s advantage to have the suit led by the defenders, so that declarer’s side plays last.
Play this hand, remembering the five steps for end plays:
(1) Make your general plan for the hand
(2) Recognise a Suit better led by the Opponents
(3) Identify the Exit Card to Put a Defender on Lead
(4) Eliminate the Defender’s Options
(5) Put a Defender on Lead with the Exit Card
AKT7.K32.753.KJ7 9653.654.AK9.AQ5 QJ.JT9.8642.T842 842.AQ87.QJT.963
You reach 4♠ and the ♦ Q is led. You have some chances, but there look to be at least three losers even without a trump loser.
The heart suit combination is the one you want led to you by your left hand opponent, so win the ♦ A and try the trump suit. Thank goodness, there is no loser, as the ♠ Q and ♠ J are doubleton.
Next play three rounds of clubs, and then the ♦ K, and lose a diamond to West’s ♦10.
Now they have to lead a heart up to your ♥ K, and you will lose only two heart tricks, and one diamond. + 620