N-S vulnerable

NORTH (D)

{spade} 10 8 3

{heart} A Q J

{diam} 10 6 4

{club} A J 8 5

WEST

{spade} 6 4

{heart} 10 7 4 3

{diam} K Q J 3

{club} K 9 2

EAST

{spade} A

{heart} K 9 8 5 2

{diam} 8 7 2

{club} Q 10 6 4

SOUTH

{spade} K Q J 9 7 5 2

{heart} 6

{diam} A 9 5

{club} 7 3

The bidding:NorthEastSouthWest1 {club}Pass1{spade}Pass1 NTPass4 {spade}All PassOpening lead: {diam} K

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In today's quiz deal from Better Bridge, South sees four losers at four spades -- a trump, two diamonds and a club -- but can use dummy's hearts to discard one loser. To succeed no matter where the king of hearts lies, South takes the ace at Trick Two and leads the queen. If East played low, South would pitch a diamond, and if West could win, South would later discard a club on the jack of hearts.

In the actual deal, East may cover the queen of hearts, and South ruffs and leads a trump, again losing only two diamonds and a trump.

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