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A Hand from Sanya
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This was, I believe, the very first hand in the Mixed Teams.

North
KJ109
K1073
A3
AQ3
South
5
96
KQ1098652
J2
W
N
E
S
4
P
5
P
P
P

3NT would be easier, but here you are.  (Is asking for aces really more important than playing 4NT after a 4m opening?)

West leads A (collecting the 3, 8, 6) then shifts to 9.  Plan the play.

 

An unsupported A lead is not so unlikely against this auction, and a world-class West is certainly capable of underleading K in this position.  Considering what you need if K is offside, the finesse looks like the indicated play to me.

At the table, you are quite sure (for whatever reason) that K is offside.  It helps to be at the table.

Replan the play.

 

North
KJ109
K1073
A3
AQ3
South
5
96
KQ1098652
J2
W
N
E
S
4
P
5
P
P
P

Ducking doesn't seem likely to work.  It's hard to imagine East playing anything but a spade next whoever has the A.

What else is there?  The opponents have two cashers set up, and the count is not rectified.  Nevertheless, it can be done if West has A and QJ (or any 5).  After winning A, you run diamonds, arriving at:

West
A
QJ
4
North
KJ
K10
East
South
5
6
2
J
W
N
E
S
4
P
5
P
P
P
D
5 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

The last squeezes West out of his club; you discard 10 from dummy and lead a spade up.  Geza Ottlik would be proud.

Played as shown by Mike Cappelletti.  (At least I think it was him, the records of who is playing where don't always seem to be accurate.  To fend off the army hastening to point out that Souths are female in this event, I have switched the N-S hands.)  Well done.

 

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