A Fitting End
by Ted Muller
Spades are trump. East to lead and win two tricks on defense.
I included this real-life situation just in order to show that a
3-card end-position can be interesting.
Let's look at east's options. Declarer would ruff a heart lead; it would not matter whether west overruffed, because he would be compelled to lead to a good dummy. A diamond lead by east would fare no better, as it would set up declarer's hand.
The answer is a club play, yielding a trick to a dummy that declarer could not reach himself! South discards a diamond as he wins dummy's ace, but finds himself caught in a trump coup on the next trick. The key operative here? Set up partner's suit!