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A Really Nice Play? (Obvious to an Expert?)

West
x
AQx
AJ1097
AKQx
North
AQx
xxxx
KQx
xxx
East
K108xx
Kxx
8x
Jxx
South
J9xx
J10x
xxx
xxx
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0

Playing in the Sunday team game (20VP scale) at the strong Allendale, NJ sectional, as dummy I witnessed what impressed me as a very fine play. East won the opening heart lead in hand and passed the diamond 8, North falsecarding with the King.  (Notice that the alternative of winning in dummy and playing Diamond Ace and another allows North the try this even with split diamond honors).  He then returned the Spade Queen (not the Ace, the Queen) to cater to being able to win the next diamond and play ace and another. (PLaying the Ace first could fail if East ducked the next round.) If East did not have another entry with the club jack he could be defeated, or if he failed to count to nine and got greedy for overtricks he could be defeated, but my partner Greg Rosoff can count and simply took his 9 tricks (3H+1S+4C+1D). Nevertheless, full credit to North's effort. This play is probably routine for strong experts, but it did impress me.  In fact, it would have been the only play to defeat the contract on a slightly different layout (J9xx  J10x xx J10xx with South). After the hand I complimented the North defender, but he and his partner appeared to "shrug it off" as if it were entirely routine. All four players would be considered decent-to-strong A players but not experts.

Please opine on your views on the difficulty of this play.

Any average player should find this readily
A good play for an A player, easy for an expert
A very fine play for an A player, maybe even for an expert
A fine play even for a middle of road expert
Other

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