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Safetyplay in 3NT
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Some weeks ago the following deal came up at St:Erik's bridge club in Stockholm.

North
K73
AK6
A9873
86
South
A85
102
KJ4
A9753
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
   The lead was the HQ. How do you play the diamond suit?

North
K73
AK6
A9873
86
South
A85
102
KJ4
A9753
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
   Isolated, with plenty of entries, one could win the first trick and lead to the diamond king. If both now follows you are home.  Enter dummy and lead a small one towards the jack. This guaranties the four diamond tricks you need to make the contract.   But on this deal, if you win the heart, play a diamond to the king, enter dummy with a spade and lead a diamond towards the jack, East may rise with the queen from QTxx and block the suit with a heart return, removing the heart king before diamonds are unblocked.    Maybe small to the jack at trick 2 is best after all, or?

North
K73
AK6
A9873
86
South
A85
102
KJ4
A9753
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

There is another solution. Instead of using the spade entry first, you can try to enter dummy at trick three with a heart instead. Their suit.  This is quite rare and in no way a complete guarantee for a make. But using the heart entry first, EW can not block the diamond suit as you can always win the first spade in hand before unblocking diamonds. I did put out this deal on a swedish forum and there was quite a discussion what play is best. The safety play using hearts first as the entry, risking the contract if hearts are 6-2 and the diamond queen with the long heart suit. This is quite unlikely when both EW have passed at favourabl vulnerability.  Or play a diamond to the jack at trick two, risking a stiff queen in west which ofc also is very unlikely.  

Maybe it boils down to who EW are. Vs very conservative players small to the jack. And vs young kids at age 20, you play for the 'safetyplay' in diamonds using the heart entry first.

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