We’re at the end of the match, pretty much drained after 60something boards. One of the last deals could have had a nice twist if I had kept my eye on the ball. Not that it would have changed the outcome, though.
1. Standard weak two
Geoff leads the Jack, and this is what I see.
The Ace is played in dummy and in a pipe dream moment I pitch my 2 … discouraging a switch. Declarer follows up with a to his Queen and Geoff’s Ace. Suddenly the defence is an open book to me. A to me, cashing both King & Ace, a ruff and then the cream on the cake with a third round of promoting my Ten into the setting trick.
Now if only I hadn’t played that 2 in trick one. Geoff returns a trump for dummy [let declarer clean up his own mess] and ten tricks get wrapped up easily with a hook.
So can declarer prevent the promotion of the Ten?
It looks a bit counterintuitive, but if declarer starts with a top from dummy [retaining the Queen in his hand], my Ten wouldn’t get a toxic payload.