Bridge by Frank Stewart
"I get a dime for those," the farmer shrugged.
"Well, what about 2 cents each for a dozen of those little green ones?"
"It's a deal."
Defenders will often do well to let their trump holding ripen. In today's deal, West led the jack of diamonds against South's contract of four hearts, and South put up dummy's ace and swiftly took the A-K of clubs to discard his last diamond.
South next led the ten of trumps from dummy, and East rose with his ace and returned a club. South ruffed with the queen, and since West didn't see how he could get any better value for his king, he overruffed.
West next led a spade. East took the ace and led a fourth club, but South ruffed with the jack. He drew West's last trump with the nine and claimed the rest, making game.
West defeats the contract if he isn't in such a hurry to spend his king of trumps. If he discards on the third club, his eight of trumps will have time to ripen. If South leads the jack of trumps next, West takes the king and leads a spade. East wins and leads a fourth club, and no matter whether declarer ruffs high or low, West's eight of trumps wins the setting trick.
Be reluctant to overruff declarer or dummy with a high trump that is certain to win a trick anyway.