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In search of the 9 spot

The following deal came up in a 1/32 knock-out match in the Open Teams of the 9th European Open Championships in Istanbul in 15-29 June 2019. Opponents play standard count and big=encouraging all the time.

 

North
Q6
987
75
AKJ1097
South
J10932
A
AJ1083
62
W
N
E
S
1
2
3
3
P
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

 

West leads K, East gives 6; you win and play a small . West puts up K, 6 from dummy and 5 from East. After some thought, West returns 8. Seeing no use in finessing, you put up A and call for a ; East follows with 2.

Which would you play?

We've got all the 9 spots except 9, yet which is the most important. The fate of this 4 and your team depends on what you do now. If you go down, you'll lose the match by 1 imp, unless the result of this deal affects the remaining five boards!

J
8

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