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The following hand came up in the 1st flight of a regional bracketed Swiss team.

I feel it is a good example for hand analysis by both declarer and defenders.

North
J10
J1094
AQ6
10652
East
A852
K865
J9852
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
1
P
1N
P
2
P
3
P
P
P

Partner, "West, led the D7, almost surely showing a 4 card holding since you lead 3/5" against the 3C contract.

South, a very accomplished and successful player, rises with the  DA and chooses to lead a low C and after receiving the news of the bad break, rises with the CA.

Declarer now leads a low spade and partner plays the SK.

As East, what do you know about the hand and what are your chances of defeating this contract?

(Repeated for convenience)

North
J10
J1094
AQ6
10652
East
A852
K865
J9852
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
1
P
1N
P
2
P
3
P
P
P

It appears that partner likely holds 4 clubs to several honors, 3 spades to the K, Kxxx of diamonds, and therefore two hearts (not one as they would likely have led a singleton and Declarer would have 4 hearts then and would have raised).

Therefore, partner is: Kxx, (?)x, K1073, HHxx and 

Declarer is: Qxxx, H(?)xx, 4, A(H)xxx

Considering this information,

Is the contract capable of being defeated and if so, what should partner return and why?

The entire hand was:

West
K93
32
K1073
KJ97
North
J10
J1094
AQ6
10652
East
A852
K865
J9852
South
Q764
AQ7
4
AQ843
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
1
P
1N
P
2
P
3
P
P
P
D
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Do you see the possible set with partner's remaining KJx of clubs?

If partner returns a spade and as East you win and continue with a spade.  Declarer must play low, winning the third spade by ruffing in dummy and then lead a heart for a winning finesse and then a second, winning in hand and now plays the good SQ.

This line catches partner who can only ruff high or pitch a diamond and will eventually lose the promotion of his remaining trump.

Interestingly, if declarer rises with the SQ in hand on the third round and attempts to now ruff the 4th spade in dummy, he sees West discard a heart and now will be unable to take the two heart finesses needed and will eventually lose the contract to a heart ruff or finding himself in hand and needing the other heart finesse.

Key defensive points to make here are recognizing the work that Declarer has to do and to not voluntarily

1. reduce declarer's trumps (i.e. by returning a diamond after winning either S honor) and

2. lead side suits where finesses are needed when declarer has limited entry opportunities.

Thank you for taking time to assess this hand and comments are always welcomed.

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