West bids 1NT (14-16) and partner doubles. We play Multi-Landy and this shows an equal or better hand. East passes and I need to make a decision. I squeak out a 2H bid because I can not leave the double in when the opponents probably have 23 points and a runnable club suit. Partner goes into the tank a bit and emerges with a 4H bid which is passed out.
You get the lead of 7 diamond and this is the hand that comes down as dummy. How do you rate your chances? How do you play?
You need two entries into your hand to lead towards the hearts. The club ruff is one entry. The 10 of diamonds is your only other reasonable shot at an entry since the 7 is probably from a doubleton holding. If you played anything other than the Jack of diamonds at trick one, you will be down 1.
This is the full hand (Click Next to see the play):
Needless to say, I didn't put the Jack up on trick one. Jeff Lehman would love this hand.