It is always satisfying to be in on a hand where the defence and declarer have alternative lines of play, depending on how each of the players play.
Declarer ducked, won the continuation and dislodged the ace of clubs.
When this was won with the king declarer had no option but to play East for the king of spades for the ninth trick and was therefore successful.
Two declarers, seeing the danger above, ducked the queen of clubs.
A recent teams-of-eight County match saw a subtle contest between declarer and defenders on the following head.
On the spade lead declarer played low, won the jack and took two top hearts.
This hand, from the Teams Finals, saw half the declarers making, the other half going down.
Those that continued gave declarer an easy path to nine tricks.