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How to play A9 across QJ10xx?

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Unbelievable story from the Racine/Milwaukee Sectional from today. BAM scoring, last board of the first round, the following deal occurs.

North
A76
J3
A98763
A9
South
102
A
QJ542
QJ1076
W
N
E
S
1
2NT
3
5
P
P
P

Trick 1: 4, 2, Q, A

Trick 2: A, 10, 4, K

How do you play the club suit?

Deciding not to take any genius plays, I play to the A, take the club finesse, which fails. Making 5.

 

 In between rounds in post-mortem, partner and I are discussing and partner suggests an alternate way to play to the suit. "Lead the 9 up. Man, that would have been a great story at dinner!" Opener is marked for the K, and it would be routine from most holdings to duck a round (guard the onside, let partner win their ace now to guard against the ruffing finesse). Might have gone 9 holding, cash A, claim 6!

 

Alas the play was made, so on to the next board...

Board 7 begins.

North
AQ974
K3
Q1086
A9
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

 

...

...

...

Could it be?

What appears in dummy? Laughing

 

North
AQ974
K3
Q1086
A9
South
1083
A8
A92
QJ1084
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

 

Trick 1: Q, A, 5, 3

Trick 2: 10, 2, 4, 6

Trick 3: 8, J, Q, 4

 

Your play?

How can you fail to miss this great story at dinner twice?

Throw down that 9! 

The full deal: 

West
KJ52
765
KJ743
5
North
AQ974
K3
Q1086
A9
East
6
QJ10942
5
K7632
South
1083
A8
A92
QJ1084
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

On the actual deal, East flew K (honestly deserved to to have partner's singleton A crash over it), but lo and behold, found the ruff, endplaying partner in s to make 5.

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