This is a game against a team that I have played many times in the past. Both are players are very aggressive and have a reputation for coming out ahead.
I'm sitting in the South seat. The dealer in East turns up a king of clubs. At this point, we have a comfortable five-point lead [9-4] and I need to protect it. I order the dealer(E) to pick up the king.
I lead the ace of trump, West shows void, my partner(N) plays the queen and the dealer(E) takes the trick with the right. So far it looks like my assumption may have been correct. They have one trick.
Next, the dealer(E) leads back the ten of diamonds. This is not surprising, as I know this player will do anything to make me think that I blocked unnecessarily. (The only way I could be sure is to go back and review the game.)
I'm void in diamonds so I throw off a junk 9 of hearts. West is also void and plays the 10 of spades. My partner(N) takes the trick with the jack. Interesting! Now we both have a trick.
Now my partner(N) leads the king of spades. The dealer(E) trumps in with the 9. I follow suit and West plays the jack of hearts. Little did I know, but my partner was setting the dealer up for an end play.
My partner's end play was successful, we had the last two tricks and another point.
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