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ATB: How we missed the opportunity to play against Nickell in the Spingold

A far less than stellar third quarter found us down 111-80 against Stan Tulin's squad in the round of 64.  But the 4th quarter had 4 slam swings and I felt sure that we were right back in the event when this board appeared:

West
A4
Q754
Q1054
K83
North
109853
AJ
AKJ8
Q6
East
K
K1083
763
A9752
South
QJ762
962
92
J104
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
P
P
D
1
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
2
Q
A
1
1
0
10
K
2
4
2
1
1
A
4
3
6
2
1
2
5
10
K
Q
0
1
3
4

2N was a superaccept denying an outside worthless doubleton.

You can follow the play to the critical point.

When the dummy came down with 4 hcp it was pretty clear that this contract was beatable.

Partner maintains it was 100% clear to shift back to hearts.  I thought that when you know the contract is beatable (my 3 UDCA promising the K) that you ought to build a fence for a pretty tired partner when you've had a couple of good slam swings as the match is drawing to a close.  I was pretty sure  that my precision teammates would be able to stay lower.  In fact they were plus against a 3 contract EW tried.

Do you 'pedal to the metal' for down 2 (not achievable on this hand) or just be sure to go plus?

Mostly East who knows the contract is set if he cashes the K before leading to partners K.
Mostly West who should know that the opening lead was 3rd best and not a doubleton. Not returning a heart is a total miscue
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