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Opportunity - 1 Play the hand

North
1085
A
A6532
Q975
South
A64
K543
K4
AJ62
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
2
X
3
P
P
X
P
3NT
P
P
P

Passing 3Hx would have been better but at the vulnerability, not very clear. West leads heart 6 to ace and Jack from east. How do you plan the play?

Opportunity - 1 Play the hand contd...

North
1085
A
A6532
Q975
South
A64
K543
K4
AJ62
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
2
X
3
P
P
X
P
3NT
P
P
P

With the heart entry getting knocked off on lead, even if diamonds are 3-3, there is no quick entry to cash them as on correct defense (spade which you are forced to duck and heart continuation) they have 5 tricks unless club kings drops singleton with diamonds 3-3.

It looks better to play to get 4 clubs tricks. Hope that club finesse is right - RHO should have something for the raise and at this vulnerability, LHO could be quite light. So assuming club king to be right, the option is to figure out whether to try and drop it doubleton or hope for Tx with LHO and play to scoop it or play clubs to be 4-1 with LHO holding singleton 8 or T. For the last, you need to play club Q immediately from table and assuming it goes small, small , 8, you need to continue with instinct and finesse the T next time as well. In this line, you could go down if LHO has Tx or RHO has Kx. 

Probably better to play for 3-2 clubs and hope to get the position right. So you play a small club to J and LHO follows with 8. So T8 doubleton or a standard falsecard from T8x. Rather than guessing, a simple discovery play can guide you better. Cash 2 diamonds ending in dummy. Assuming LHO to be at least 9 cards in majors for this frisky overcall, you can decide on your line depending on whether LHO follows to the second diamond or not! Simple and most practical!

Moving on to a defense opportunity same hand....

Opportunity - 2 Defend the hand

West
QJ932
Q876
Q7
108
North
1085
A
A6532
Q975
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P

On the other table, you do not make that overcall and lead spade 3 to king and small. Another spade, small, jack and spade Q showing heart interest on which partner plays heart jack. For some reason, rather than playing for his genuine chances, declarer misplays and plays three rounds of diamonds, partner winning and declarer discarding a small heart. What do you discard?

It is clear that partner is going to play a heart. Declarer is either 3-5-2-3 or 3-4-2-4 and has to have AJ of clubs to make his 15 HCP and since diamonds have not split, will have to ultimately play for 4 tricks in clubs. A lazy heart discard will help declarer place you with 5-4-2-2 shape and it is imperative that you do your best by discarding a spade. If declarer now plays you for 5-3-2-3 shape, he may choose to play for doubleton king in. At least, you have done your best to lead him the wrong path!

Here is the complete hand.

West
QJ932
Q876
Q7
108
North
1085
A
A6532
Q975
East
K7
J1092
J1098
K43
South
A64
K543
K4
AJ62
D

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