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West
North
J4
AQ5
AQ5
J8654
East
South
AQ10876
64
3
AK72
W
N
E
S
 
1N
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
5N
P
6
P
P
P
D
1
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
A
7
4
1
1
0
4
10
K
3
3
2
0
A
9
5
Q
3
3
0
3

 

North opens a weak NT (11-14) and South relays, finding out that North has:

2=3=3=5 distribution

4 controls (A=2,K=1)

0 or 2 of top 3 honours

2 of top 3  honours

2 of top 3 honours

0 or 3 of top 3  honours with J of Clubs

Note that South's hand is completely undisclosed. While this is not the best slam in the world, you've been in plenty worse...

West can infer from this information that North's red suit holdings are:

a) AQx AQx; or

b) AKx KQx; or

c) KQx AKx

After digesting all of this, West leads the 9 . What is your plan?

West
North
J4
AQ5
AQ5
J8654
East
South
AQ10876
64
3
AK72
W
N
E
S
 
1N
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
5N
P
6
P
P
P
D
1
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
A
7
4
1
1
0
4
10
K
3
3
2
0
A
9
5
Q
3
3
0
3

That lead is a nuisance; anything else would have suited you better.

There doesn't seem to be any reason to take an immediate  finesse, so you win A (should you?) and draw trumps which behave nicely. What do you think is best from here...?

I will post all 4 hands after a couple of days.

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