IMPs;  Dealer West; All Vul

K J 9 4
7 5
J 8 7 5
Q 6 3
A 8
A K 9 8 3 2
10 4
A J 9
10 7 6 5 3
6
6 3 2
10 8 4 2
Q 2
Q J 10 4
A K Q 9
K 7 5
West North East South
1 Pass Pass Dbl
2 2 Pass 3NT
Pass Pass Pass

West began withA,K and another heart. Dummy threw a low diamond while East parted with a spade and a diamond.

After winning with theJ, declarer counted the six tricks in the red suits and saw that he needed three tricks from the black suits. As West was marked with both black aces, declarer took advantage of this by leading the2 from his hand at trick four.

This caught West in a Morton’s Fork: he could not afford to rise with theA as that would give declarer have three spade tricks and his contract.

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After dummy’sK won the trick, declarer crossed to his hand with a diamond and led a low club, catching West in a second Morton’s Fork.

Again, West would have given the contract away if he had played his ace and so dummy’sQ won the trick. This brought declarer’s trick count to eight and all that remained was to play a low spade to hisQ and West’sA.

Dummy parted with a club on the heart continuation and declarer won the trick with hisQ. After crossing to dummy with aJ, declarer cashed theJ and then claimed nine tricks.

He made two spades, two hearts, four diamonds and a club.