2) East may have
the ace of hearts, in which case playing the ace of clubs insures the contract.
Draw trump and lead a heart. If East has the ace of hearts he will be helpless.
He will either have to cash the king of clubs or watch you discard two clubs on
the established hearts.
3) East may have
a doubleton king of clubs and West the ace of hearts, which is the case here.
The best West can do when you lead a heart is rise with the ace and play the 10
of clubs. You cover with the queen and East, having no more clubs, must
surrender the balance of the tricks.
combination is frequently a mirage. The queen doesn't necessarily have to be
played the first time. It's often the correct move to win the ace and retain
the queen as a potential stopper.
particular layout, had you played the queen at trick one, East would win and
return a club. Now West has the setting club trick upon winning the ace of