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Playing matchpoints in a sectional tournament you have to decide what to do:

South
K1063
KQ
K6
A9764
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
?

Your suit isn't nearly good enough to overcall 2. Passing hoping to get to double and show the black suits later seems right. Overcalling 1NT has some risk but is a possibility. You bid 1N and land in 3. Diamond led to the J and A plan the play (they do upside down count and attitude):

West
North
A97
A954
J109875
East
South
K1063
KQ
K6
A9764
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1NT
2
2NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
J
A
1

Seems right to unblock the K to try to avoid entry problems when you set up the suit later. The contract doesn't look great if they shift to clubs but still possible to make it if they do by ducking a couple clubs and hoping person with Q doesn't have more than 3 clubs. Luckily E shifts to a . Now what?

West
North
A97
A954
J109875
East
South
K1063
KQ
K6
A9764
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1NT
2
2NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
J
A
K
2
0
1
8
K
7
4
3
1
1
2

Seems like time to unblock the hearts and set up diamonds. Play proceeds as follows. How do you read the end position?

West
North
A97
A954
J109875
East
South
K1063
KQ
K6
A9764
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1NT
2
2NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
J
A
K
2
0
1
8
K
7
4
3
1
1
Q
6
5
3
3
2
1
6
2
10
Q
2
2
2
K
A
2
7
3
3
2
3
8
A
2
1
4
2
9
4
6
3
1
5
2
8
3
4
8
1
6
2
7
4
6
J
1
7
2
5
5
7
Q
1
8
2
A
10
9
J
1
9
2
11

Here was the full hand. I thought the ending was very cool. On the last diamond W must keep his 2 hearts. If he pitches the Q as he did at the table we can take the rest of the tricks by finessing spades. If he pitches a club the A will squeeze E in the blacks.

West
Q8
J10762
2
QJ832
North
A97
A954
J109875
East
J542
83
AQ43
K105
South
K1063
KQ
K6
A9764
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1NT
2
2NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
J
A
K
2
0
1
8
K
7
4
3
1
1
Q
6
5
3
3
2
1
6
2
10
Q
2
2
2
K
A
2
7
3
3
2
3
8
A
2
1
4
2
9
4
6
3
1
5
2
8
3
4
8
1
6
2
7
4
6
J
1
7
2
5
5
7
Q
1
8
2
A
10
9
J
1
9
2
11

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