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We're playing the quarterfinal of the world championships and pick up this hand:

West
K863
K5
AKQJ
KQ2
East
Q2
AQ1064
82
A853
W
N
E
S
 
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4N
P
5N
P
6N
P
P
P

3 Transfer to NT, 3NT shows 2, 4 natural, 5NT pick a slam.

North leads the 10 (standard from honor holdings)

How do we tackle this contract?

West
K863
K5
AKQJ
KQ2
East
Q2
AQ1064
82
A853
W
N
E
S
 
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4N
P
5N
P
6N
P
P
P

Part of our consideration might be whether north would lead away from Ace here. I guess since we haven't bid any cuebids, north might fear he needs to wrap up 2 quick tricks, especially if he's holding four small hearts and J10x of clubs. So there's definitely a possibility of him underleading the ace here, but I don't think it changes much in our line of play. What else does the lead tell us?

From the bidding, north will know that we're likely to hold 4 or even 5, since we have 2 and decided to play 6NT instead of 6. This makes it very likely that north doesn't fear giving away a trick in spades, so he'll probably hold 109x(xx), and south will hold AJ(xx).

Imagine we pop up the queen, south wins the ace and plays back a small (which I'm almost 100% sure will happen if he holds the Ace). The upside would be that the count is rectified for possible squeezes, but the downside is that we can't endplay south anymore if he happens to hold Jxxx(xx) of hearts.

Rectifying the count only really helps us on hands where spades break 5-2 or 6-1, as we then create possibilities of a + or a + squeeze. But I don't really expect the spades to break that way. The only way I see spades breaking 5-2 would be with south holding only AJ. We'll only find out if he holds that exactly if we play Q at trick one. The logical thing for south to do would be to return a low spade and not the J, as he would then give up his guard and potentially later get partner squeezed in and or . If south returns the J of if south fails to return a spade, and drops the J when we play the second round, we can be pretty sure they break 5-2. 

Assuming though that South has AJ(xxx) and Jxxx(xx), wouldn't it become very obvious during the play that he is squeezed? Imagine we play low, win the King, cash and , south needs to find lots of discards and at some point would have to discard J.

So, what is more important? rectifying the count for a possible squeeze if indeed break 109xxx-AJ or maintaining the possibility of endplaying south to lead away from his J?

The full deal:

West
K863
K5
AKQJ
KQ2
North
1094
92
7653
J1064
East
Q2
AQ1064
82
A853
South
AJ75
J873
1094
97
W
N
E
S
 
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4N
P
5N
P
6N
P
P
P
D
6NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0

Now, since I saw all hands, my opinion was biased. Still, I was surprised to find that out of 23 declarers only three managed to find this line of play and take 12 tricks, namingly: Makiko Sato (VC Japan) Hans Vergoed (Seniors NL) Jill Meyers (Mixed USA1).

3 out of 23 declarers got a lead, all others got 10 or 9.

What would you consider to be the best line of play?

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