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Did I Have a Blind Spot?
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North
KQ1086
K
KQ1096
AQ
South
J94
97543
8
K962
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
2
2
P
4
P
P
P

Opponents are playing more or less Standard American, 15-17NT, better minor, bidding 1C with equal length in 3-3 or 4-4 in minors

2C was weak raise, 3+C. Opponents are young, skillful and like to bid a lot.

IMP 20 board match

T1 4 8 A 6

T2             A K

    2 3

T3             6 6

    8 4

Opponents' carding: Leads are 4th best from an honour, second from rubbish and over lead honours.

                              Signals are upside attitude and count.

Q1: What 10 tricks do you plan to make?

Q2: Consistent with your plan, what cards do you lead to T4, T5 and T6?

Q3: Did you make the contract?

I went down one. Did I have a blind spot, or was I simply unlucky?

Suggestion: Do not read P2 until you have a plan.

My plan was to make three club tricks, one diamond trick and six trump tricks allowing for trump Ace to over ruff at some point, and if over ruff was followed by a trump switch, then I would be able to draw trumps and enjoy a second diamond trick for contract.

T4: I cashed Q and East followed with 3 giving that player four and opener three cards in that suit, if East's card is honest count, as it needs to be here.

T5: I cashed A all following.

T6: I cashed K and now could no longer make the contract, and already suspected I was in trouble, as East followed with 3

T7: I ruffed a low diamond with trump nine while West threw J and my K could no longer score.

The full layout: See P3

To make, knowing that East probably held A and three or four hearts, I did not need any diamond tricks at all. I simply needed three club tricks, which were assured provided West had at least two diamonds. All I had to do was ruff the K, cash the K  and cross ruff the hand.

Should that 3 have woken me up to my faulty reasoning, or was this too hard? 

West
7532
AQ106
A2
J54
North
KQ1086
K
KQ1096
AQ
East
A
J82
J7543
10873
South
J94
97543
8
K962
D

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