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An embarrassing defensive problem

West
A72
J85
75432
K3
North
KJ109
K76
Q98
1075
East
Q543
43
KJ6
Q984
South
86
AQ1092
A10
AJ62
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

(First their last two bids were in Hearts and the contract was 4H).This was a very embarrassing hand for me, but it was an interesting defensive problem so I am going to share it. I led the D7 to the 8, J, and A. Declarer returned the D10 taken by partner's King. Partner returned his diamond as declarer shed his S6, and winning the trick in dummy. He came off with the C5 to the 4, J and my K. I returned the C3 to 7, 8, and declarer's Ace. He then led his S8 and I popped with my ace. I returned a spade which gave him the transportation he needed to sluff his two club losers on the spades. Making. Since dummy had bid a simple raise like a limit raise it rated to matchpoint poorly and it did. I wish I could say I had taken the position that our best chance to beat it was for partner to have the Qx of trumps and was avoiding a trump lead so we would set it if that was the case. Actually my thinking was a little more like: Trump look dangerous, Diamond look dangerous, me lead Spade. I wrote to some friends what I thought my lead should have been and more important what my thinking should have been. It is a fact that partner and declarer hold 23 HCP between them. Also clear declarer is probably 2-5-2-4. Partner is known to have the S-Q and D-KJ, so there is still room for him to have another Queen while declarer would still have 15 HCP which is consistent with his bidding. But should I play partner for the CQ or the HQ. There may not be a play that caters to both. My winning lead actually was the H8 or J which turns out to protect our club trick. (the low trump gives him a second entry to dummy to set up and cash a second spade trick, since my useless partner can't even cover the 6. Just kidding Bobby). But that wouldn't be best if partner has Qx of hearts and doesn't have the CQ. Then I started thinking about the diamond play. Actually pard don't need no stinking Queen if they can just hold the H10 and uppercut with it on a diamond lead. But they didn't have it. So double dummy I know now to lead the H8 or Jack and be alert to put in my other big heart if declarer wins in his hand and comes back with his trump 2. That is a well known entry killing move which I can't recall seeing in real play. It is probably due to the the powerful influence of hindsight, but I now think I should have played my partner for the CQ and led that trump 8. First declarer might have led the C10 if holding AQJx. Also I am wondering how this affects the odds: Partner has the same number of clubs as declarer, but has only two Hearts compared to the declarer's five. Does that make him more likely to hold the CQ than the HQ or H10? Thoughts BridgeWinners?

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