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As is so often the case, I was watching and commenting on BBO this morning. The Romanian National Teams. Some boards along this hand comes up:

West
1093
A8543
3
J752
North
AK7
K9
Q98642
Q6
East
Q8652
1062
AK5
109
South
J4
QJ7
J107
AK843
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

North raised the weak 1N opener to game. West led his fourth best heart. South rose in dummy and led a small diamond. 

East made a subtle error. Can you spot it?

 

West
1093
A853
3
J752
North
AK7
9
Q98642
Q6
East
Q8652
106
AK5
109
South
J4
QJ
J107
AK843
W
N
E
S
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
 

If East goes up and continues the heart attack, declarer has no chance. But he ducked, and now the hand can always be made.

Declarer won the J and continued a second diamond. This subjected West to what Ottlik called a non-material squeeze. He couldn't pitch a heart. If he does declarer can simply drive the other diamond, losing two hearts and two diamonds. He can't pitch a club, as that gives declarer the whole club suit to go with three red tricks and two spades. So he has to pitch a spade. Which doesn't seem to give up anything.

But when partner continued a heart, declarer continued a third heart. This forces West to use 'em or lose 'em. If declarer recognizes the position, and I think he should, this will be the position as West leads the last heart:

West
109
5
J752
North
AK7
Q9
Q6
East
Q865
A
109
South
J4
7
AK84
D

Dummy pitches a diamond, East a spade, and declarer a club. Since West had to pitch his third spade earlier, three rounds of clubs squeezes East in the pointed suits. But declarer didn't want to give up the chance that clubs were running. So he pitched a spade. And a spade shift by West now cut communications for the squeeze. 

Sad to see such beauty die on the vine.

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