Notrump contract. Last four cards in dummy were the King-deuce in diamonds, a small club and a small heart. In hand, Ace, Queen, Jack, trey in diamonds. How would you play this four-card ending to get your best shot at taking the last four tricks?
In case you are confused, a bit of context may be appropriate.
Earlier in the KO match, our opponents proved themselves to be quite the sticklers for stated lines when claiming. Quite upset, in fact, if we ever claimed at all. My partner played most of the hands. On one, with the last three trumps and the Kx in a side suit, Ax in that same side suit on dummy, he tried to claim, rejected. When he then cashed the three trumps and then tried again to claim, the opponents demanded his line. He worked it out, which was impressive.
I later had the opportunity to play a hand. With 17 tricks available, I offered to simply lean forward so that the opponents could see my hand in its entirety. I even offered to allow them to discuss tactics. This was rejected, as well.
So, on this last deal, with this four-card ending, not all was as it seemed.
So, I opted the obvious finesse-squeeze line. Diamond King, diamond to Jack, diamond Ace! LHO had as her last two cards a winning club and a winning heart. After a very long thought, considering options as to which card to save, she opted a club pitch. I of course saved the club and pitched the heart.
When I cashed the diamond Queen at the end, I was polite enough to advise RHO that her partner simply could not escape the squeeze, which both of them agreed to. Just an unfortunate layout for them.