THE OLD MASTER PLAYS BRIDGE - PROBLEM 101

The Old Master Plays Bridge - Problem 101

off the trumps. The full deal looked like this: 

Dealer East : Both vulnerable

WestNorthEastSouth
T.O.M. Norman Ernie Sam
    Pass 1spade
Dble 3spade(1) 3NT 4spade
5heart Pass Pass Pass

(1) Weak, pre-emptive, 4+ spades

Lead: 3

The Old Master contemplated the lead. Why would Norman lead a club when partner had bid and raised 3 to game? One explanation was that North had the A and did not want to lead it for fear of setting up the K for the Rabbi. While possible, it was more likely that the A was with Sam, North’s 3 was a weak action. A more likely explanation of the club lead was that it was a singleton.

The Old Master paused to plan his play. If Norman had led a spade and Sam had the A, the defenders would take two spade tricks and a diamond eventually if the clubs were 5-1. The Old Master won with the A and wondered what to do next.

How would you continue from here?

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