Playing N/S with Gerry came 2nd with 60%. Were leading going into the last set until I doubled a making contract for a bottom and we both could have found a good switch against a NT contract on the last and both failed.
Stuck in Dummy he had to lead a diamond off table to his Queen and my King. Now I thought that was strange, why did he not go back to hand with AS and lead QD? Did Gerry have AS?
I led a spade, declarer went up with King, Gerry's Ace wins and a spade back to my Jack for one down.
Ducking like that can be very effective, often causing declarer to misplay as he thinks he has two spade tricks in the bag for one loser.
East is now marked with three spades and from the carding, five clubs. For the double three or four diamonds and two or one hearts seem most likely. If four diamonds I'll probably finesse QH or should I play to drop singleton KH? Anyway the problem didn't arise, I cashed my spade and got a diamond discard from West, Queen and Jack of diamonds set up my fourth for the eighth trick and AH made nine.
KS was led and I was feeling some trepidation as I saw five diamonds going down in Dummy, why not take me out of this? As I saw the rest of the table I realised Gerry was expecting me to make this!
I ducked the KS and won the 10S continuation with the Jack discarding a heart from Dummy. I led KD, immediately taken by East with the Ace and JC hit the table. West has now shown 8 points, the remaining points, AQ clubs and KH must be with West. Just have to hope West is doubleton AQ or AQx, so I ducked. Another club to the Queen and the Ace is cashed for five tricks to the defence. West exited with a spade to my Ace and I cashed the diamonds for 6 tricks to me. I now led QH from table and West showed out having discarded his heart. So up with my Ace for 7 tricks and a top.
My spade bid unfortunately stops the easier spade lead and West led 6C. As I said Gerry made game by playing for the spade finesse and running 10D from Dummy. It can't be beaten. An interesting question is though, should you take AC at trick one? I've usually found it better to hold up until third round especially on the lead of a 6 which is more likely from five. However if you expect to lose the lead to West early on, it could be better to take the Ace immediately because West can't continue clubs without giving you a second trick. Just another of these problem decisions to perplex us, but then that's what makes the game interesting.