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Tough 3nt in last segment of R8

North
J9xx
K82
A9xx
Ax
South
K5
J106
QJ10x
KQ10x
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
P
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

I was watching this hand in the Poland-Sweden match. 3nt declared by the Sweden.

The 7 is led. You play low from dummy (?), 5 from RHO, you win and take the finesse it wins. LHO covers the second as RHO follows suit (not sure about the spots EW played, sorry). When you play the third RHO plays a small . On the last , RHO plays the 8 and LHO plays 3. Opponents carding UDCA.

If LHO led from AQ97, all you have to do is lead to the K. This would be consistent with LHO having either of the missing honors, but probably not both as he might have overcalled 1nt. But if LHO doesn't have the A, he almost surely has the missing honors in which case there're several ways to end-play LHO. If the A is offside though and you play a to the King, you're almost sure to go down as you'll lose 3 s and two .

The 8 by RHO is quite significant. It's probably an honest signal. So should you assume AQ with LHO and go for an end-play, i.e, to dummy's Ace and to King. LHO must give you the game-going trick. Or should you ignore the signal and simply play a to the King ?

When I was watching this hand, I was looking all four hands and didn't quite appreciate declarer's dilemma. It took me a few minutes to go back and figure how declarer could go wrong. I wish I wasn't looking at all four hands.

BTW regardless of anything else it seems like it's right to cover the opening lead of 7 with th 8 as you have the all important 6 in your hand. If you were going to play LHO for A it wouldn't make any difference but it's Queen on the left and Ace on the right, it does make a difference.

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