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Posting because I think it's an interesting hand not because I want to complain about robots. Playing a Best Hand MP ACBL Robot Tourney you have a fairly routine auction to 3N and get the 7 lead. What do you play?

Robot
7
Robot
852
Q9
KQ10
Q9764
Robot
South
AQ6
K64
A632
K52
W
N
E
S
P
2
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
9
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
1

It seems right to go up with the Q to force E's A. If you play low you are commiting yourself to playing low from both hands (otherwise the suit will be running when either hand gets in) and it seems like this could give them the timing to set up a couple spades in addition to 2 hearts and a club. E shifts to the S9. Now what?

Robot
7
Robot
852
Q9
KQ10
Q9764
Robot
9
A
South
AQ6
K64
A632
K52
W
N
E
S
P
2
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
9
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
Q
A
4
2
0
1
9
2

Seemed to me like it was right to go up with the A and try to develop tricks playing W for the A (if E had A he could've beaten the hand by just playing hearts). When we play a  towards the Q W must duck if he has the A and two or three clubs after which point we will try to duck a club into him(some guessing may be required). Unfortunately E Robot found an excellent defense. The full hand was

Robot
J1043
72
J854
AJ3
Robot
852
Q9
KQ10
Q9764
Robot
K97
AJ10853
97
108
South
AQ6
K64
A632
K52
W
N
E
S
P
2
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
9
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
Q
A
4
2
0
1
9
A
4
5
3
1
1
2
3
Q
10
1
2
1
4
8
5
J
0
2
2
2
9
10
K
3
3
2
K
A
6
7
0
3
3
J
2
K
6
2
3
4
J
6
5
10
2
3
5
8
2
8
8
2
3
6
5
3
4
7
2
3
7
3
A
3
Q
2
3
8
7
Q
10
9
3
4
8
6
J
K
9
1
5
8
N/S -200
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EDIT: Upon further consideration I think my analysis on this page is poor, see comments.

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