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What is the best play for 12?
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West
Q8
AKQ109
KJ106
K4
East
AK64
875
A5
J1072
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
4N
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

This hand came up in the Turkish National Mixed Teams Championship last week. The board was played at 34 tables in a mixed Smile field. 11 declarers made the slam, whereas 21 went down (slam was not bid at 2 tables).

After North leads the J, you seem have too many decisions to make. What is the best play to collect 12 tricks?

Pls click to next page to see if your line would have worked.

West
Q8
AKQ109
KJ106
K4
North
J10932
2
Q983
965
East
AK64
875
A5
J1072
South
75
J643
742
AQ83
D

This was the actual distribution. After the 4-1 trump split is revealed, you had to either finesse for the Q, or arrange for a ruffing finesse for the Q (if you haven't wasted the J at trick 2).

If you win Q, cash only 1 high trump and ruff a diamond in dummy, you have to finesse immediately for the J to make the hand (and why should you?), and guess clubs eventually.

Winning Q, cashing 2 high trumps (North probably helping you by discarding his idle fifth spade), and (remembering something about the theory of vacant places) finessing North for the Q works, but I am not sure if this is the percentage play.

Declarers who made the slam were usually favored with a small club lead that eliminates one of your worries, while preserving your J10 menace.

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