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North
AJ9
K1086
KQ10
1065
South
K65
J42
853
AK32
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

West leads an imaginative Q against your 24HCP 3NT contract. What is your plan?

You win the K in hand (East following with an UDCA 2) and continue with a low heart from hand. West surprises you again by going up with the A and leading the 7 (East following with 3). Winning the trick perforce in dummy, the situation is as follows:

North
A
K108
KQ10
1065
South
6
J4
853
AK32
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

Did West lead from a doubleton Q7? Why did west jump with A? What could be the actual distribution? How to continue?

Hoping for a miracle AQ doubleton with West, you play the heart king and a third heart. East wins the Q (West following) and plays the third spade (West following). You win in dummy again perforce. Now it looks like: 

North
10
KQ10
1065
South
853
AK32
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

So far, you have 4 tricks and the defence have taken 2. The established heart, AK and 2 diamond tricks will see you home. How to continue?

You decide to play a club to your A. East follows with 8 and West with 4. You play a diamond toward dummy and the Q wins. Now, you cash the 13th heart. Opps discard a diamond each, while you discard a club.

North
K10
106
South
85
K3
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

Now what?

 

 

 

 

Did you guess to continue with the 10 off dummy? This was the complete distribution. 

West
Q74
A95
A97
Q974
North
AJ9
K1086
KQ10
1065
East
10832
Q73
J642
J8
South
K65
J42
853
AK32
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

West was squeezed at trick 9 when you cashed the 13th heart. If he discards a club, you can safely come to hand with K and lead a second diamond toward dummy. So he was forced to bare his A.

West was actually sort of end-played at trick 1. Cute hand from Turkish Mixed Teams Trials Final last weekend.

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