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Common game 9 October afternoon board 23

West
K74
942
AQ85
AQ5
North
Q85
KQJ106
43
J92
East
102
A85
KJ10
107643
South
AJ963
73
9762
K8
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
P
D
1NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0

At our table my partner intelligently passed my 14+ to 17 1NT opener. No one had anything else to say and I ducked the first two heart leads, and won the third.

Now I guessed to take the club finesse and cashed the club ace, guessing correctly that the club king was a true card.

Then I took the diamond jack and ten and led the diamond king from dummy. Eventually I decided to let it run rather than overtake and cash out. I led a spade to the king and collected +120, and was surprised that everyone who had played 3NT had gone down at Honors.

Yes after a top heart lead and spade shift 3NT might be impossible. but did no one find the winning line after two rounds of hearts?

It looks logical to believe South's count card in hearts on the strong king lead. then you take the club finesse, cross to the 10, and duck the club king when South follows with that card. The best that player can do is play back a diamond to try to block your entries but you are already committed to finding the spade ace to your right. You unblock clubs, go to dummy's diamond winners to run the clubs, and lead a spade to your king for ten tricks.

Indeed, I believe after trick two there is no defense to hold you to nine tricks. How did the board score up at other clubs?

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