How good a line can you find?
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Here's an interesting play problem from junior training. IMPs. Leads are 3/low. Plan the play

West
North
AQJ6
A96
Q7642
6
East
South
K
J10732
J
AKJ983
W
N
E
S
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
1

The line taken at the table was a fairly natural one. The spade was won, top club cashed, club ruffed, spade pitching a diamond, A and another . This seems like it will succeed whenever hearts are 3=2 and clubs are no worse than 4=2.

After analyzing the hand with group members the best line we came up with was win the K, cross in clubs, ruff a club, two more spades pitching a diamond and a club (spades look 5=3 on the lead), ruff a , ruff a club with the 9.

The hand will look like this right before we play the club we plan to ruff with the 9. At this point in the hand we have won 6 tricks and need 4 more to make.

North
A
A9
Q764
South
J1073
KJ9
W
N
E
S
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

This line seems better, picking up most 4=1 heart layouts in addition to what the other line picks up.

Now before showing you the hand let's move over and declare at the other table. You've gotten a bit higher and gotten what looks to be a tougher lead. Follow along and make a decision about what to do in the end position.

West
North
AQJ6
A96
Q7642
6
East
South
K
J10732
J
AKJ983
W
N
E
S

P
1
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
P
P
D
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
2
3
J
0
0
1
10
4
5
2
3
1
1
3
4
9
8
1
2
1
6
7
K
2
3
3
1
J
5
6
3
3
4
1
10
Q
A
4
1
5
1
A
5
3
8
1
6
1
Q
9
8
10
1
7
1
J
8
9
2
1
8
1
9

Here is the full hand.

West
1082
KQ54
A10
Q1042
North
AQJ6
A96
Q7642
6
East
97543
8
K9853
75
South
K
J10732
J
AKJ983
D

In the end position on the last page if the club finesse was working then it seems like W would have ruffed the last spade and gotten out a diamond preventing you from taking the club finesse. Therefor it seems right to win the A and throw W in with a making the hand. W could have beat you by splitting his  honors.