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At the Las Vegas Regional, I was given the following play problem:

Dummy
J7xx
Qxx
AK10x
Q4
You
Q8x
AKJxx
9xx
A9
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

The lead is the 5, 3rd and 5th. Plan the play, assuming IMP scoring.

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At the table nothing would have worked against best defense. The best line is not 100% clear, but Kit Woolsey and Cenk Tuncok provide detailed analysis in the comments below.

As the cards laid the declarer could always be defeate, nevertheless Kevin Bathurst of USA 1 found a way to suceed:

West
10x
109xx
xx
Jxxxx
Dummy
J7xx
Qxx
AK10x
Q4
East
AK9x
x
QJxx
Kxxx
You
Q8x
AKJxx
9xx
A9
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Kevin tried the Q at trick 1, which was covered by the K. He then played A and the Q, seeing RHO discard. At this point he led a spade off of dummy. RHO won, played a club to his partner's J. Now West could have defeated the hand by playing a spade and getting a ruff. However, West did not work it out and played a diamond. Kevin ran trumps reaching this end position, with East still to discard on the last trump:

West
10
x
xx
North
J7x
A
East
A9x
QJ
South
Q8
9x
D

East had no answer. If he pitched a spade, Kevin would play a spade and establish the suit. If East pitched a diamond Kevin would cash dummy's diamond and lead a spade to his queen, and score the 9 for his tenth trick. {/slide}

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