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North
Q10
QJ64
AQ93
752
South
K753
AK2
K864
A10
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

You play 3NT on a fourth highest spade eight lead. Opponents are a sound non-pro to the right, and LHO's cards are not likely to help anyone at the table, least of all their partner. Oppo play standard leads and Odd-Even first discards. 2 was natural one-suiter.

You put in the ten, and RHO plays the four; your contract is not in jeopardy but it is Pairs so go for the max.

You must follow with the 5 at trick one.

It looks logical to cash the AQ (RHO surely wont pitch a diamond from J10xx and you might need to find out if the suit is breaking). LHO follows with the 10 and pitches a spade on the next. You must play the 9 from dummy now rather than a low one -- just in case -- covered all round, LHO pitching a second spade.

Four rounds of hearts sees West pitch a club and then another spade as you pitch 10. That lets you cross back to hand with the 8 to lead the 7 from hand -- again, not the 3. That forces West to make a play from AJ Kx before seeing his partner show out.

Yes LHO might still work out to duck the A, to lock you in dummy, but he didn't. The third overtrick did earn an undivided top. West had AJ98xx/9x/10/K7xx.

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