The Squeeze-Trim-Endplay: Hand
From actual play, October 8, 2007. Club 110 on Long Island. Reported by Robert Frick. Location of the 7 is unknown.
You opened 1C, your partner bid 1S, you bid 2NT, and your partner raised you to 3NT. The opening lead was the 8. You have 10 tricks and are playing for the second overtrick, at duplicate
You cash the ace, jack and queen of clubs, Lefty pitching a small diamond. The you lead a spade towards your KJx (in case RHO has Ax of spades). Lefty wins the ace and returns the 9 of spades. You win in your hand and play a third round of spades, Lefty now thinking and then playing a small heart.
Now what? (If you cash a club, Lefty discards another heart.) For the moment, I will give you the 7 of diamonds. The "answer" will consider the interesting variations when declarer does not have the seven of diamonds.