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This was board 32 in the second round of the round robin. You're in 3NT and get the lead of the Q (Rusiniow). (Hand rotated)

North
J4
KQJ9
QJ3
Q876
South
A85
106
K962
AK103
W
N
E
S
3NT
P
P
P

I was watching USA2 vs. China. The Vugraph record has the hand claimed after trick 2 in the other room, so I'm not sure how the American declarer played it. Here's how the Chinese declarer played (I might not have all of the defensive carding right):

West
KQ1073
54
85
J952
North
J4
KQJ9
QJ3
Q876
East
962
A8732
A1074
4
South
A85
106
K962
AK103
W
N
E
S
 
1N
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
4
2
5
0
0
1
K
J
6
8
0
0
2
3
6
9
A
3
1
2
10
4
K
2
1
2
2
Q
3
6
5
1
3
2
Q
4
2
5
1
4
2
J
A
6
8
2
4
3
7
K
7
3
3
5
3
K
2
7
4
3
6
3
3
5
Q
7
1
7
3
8 tricks claimed
N/S -100
10

Obviously it's lucky to find both aces with the short spades, but there's still work to be done setting up your tricks. Marty Fleisher, East, defended very well, ducking 2 hearts, winning the second diamond, and continuing diamonds, forcing declarer to commit in diamonds before testing clubs. Should he test clubs first? If he does, should he then play for 4-3 hearts, 3-3 diamonds, or the diamond finesse? How many of these chances can he combine? I thought it was pretty interesting, and I'm still not sure what's best. Curious what happened at other tables.

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