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Tough lead against slam

West
64
K84
Q963
KQ73
North
AQ10932
A107
AKJ8
East
K8
QJ9632
754
84
South
J75
5
102
AJ109652
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

Matchpoints.  This is Board #20 from the Common Game, Sat, 20 Feb, 2016.

I was sitting North.

South's 2C call was not game forcing, but promised 10+ points.  It also promised a rebid unless North raised to 3C.  South's 3S call showed a 3 card limit raise of spades.  Hey, I'm not condoning it, just reporting it.

East led the heart Queen, and I was soon wrapping up 12 tricks, 2 heart ruffs, 1 diamond ruff, 1 diamond discarded on the club Ace, losing only the spade King.

After the round was over, we were discussing it, and I said that a trump lead would have made it tougher.  East said he could not lead a trump from K8, and I agreed.  Later when I was thinking about it some more, I thought that whoever had the King, a trump lead would just trade a ruff for the King.  It was still bothering me though, so even later, it occurred to me that a small trump from East would have set the contract.  I would have believed that West held the King, and had not come up with it.  Now, heart Ace, heart ruff, discard a heart on the club Ace, take the marked spade finesse, planning to give up the diamond Queen.  When East produced the spade King, there is no reentry to dummy to take the diamond finesse.  Down 1.

It obviously never crossed East's mind to lead a trump, and it would never have occurred to me either.

Here's the question.  Is a small spade from East a reasonable shot, or is it a lead that even Kit Woolsey could not have found?  On the other hand, maybe Kit would have made 6S even against a spade lead?

I didn't make this a lead poll because I'm more interested in the comments than a vote.

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