GNT QF - End played in two suits
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The last hand of the match in the D16-D17 encounter.

Hands rotated to make you South.

West
J42
107542
3
Q1084
North
East
South
K10763
K98
8
J753
W
N
E
S
P
P
3
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
9
Q
2
0
1
A
3
4
2
2
0
2
9
5
8
K
1
1
2
10
J
8
3
2
1
3
6
7
10
2
0
1
4
Q
5
4
J
0
1
5
J
7
5
7

Before you know it you're out of minor suits. If you refuse this trick declarer can force you to win his last and you will be end played again after cashing your last .

Partner can be somewhat heavy in third chair for his preempt. So he could have the Q. But if you play a , declarer will top partner's Queen and play back the Jack at you and force you to play a into his tenace. And if you exit a when declarer has the Q it seems even worse as you're not even getting a trick in the suit.

What's your choice of poisons? Make up your mind before reading further.

West
J42
107542
3
Q1084
North
9
J63
AQ109752
K2
East
AQ85
AQ
KJ64
A96
South
K10763
K98
8
J753
W
N
E
S
P
P
3
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
9
Q
2
0
1
A
3
4
2
2
0
2
9
5
8
K
1
1
2
10
J
8
3
2
1
3
6
7
10
2
0
1
4
Q
5
4
J
0
1
5
J
7
5
7

Say you win with the K and return the suit. On this trick partner can discard a coming down to Jxx AQ. But when declarer plays the A partner can not stiff the A, so he's forced to discard a . Now declarer plays the A and Q, smothering partner's Jack. You win, cash your and have to yield the game-going trick to dummy !

But what if you returned a instead? Declarer wins two s but there is no further end-play or strip squeeze on either of you. He can only make 2, 2, 3 and 1.

Did any of this happen at the table? Up to the point where declarer won partner's T return with the Jack. Then declarer played a low toward dummy. South grabbed the King. Now there's no play for the contract on any return but a . South returned a ...