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This is from a recent MP tourney at BBO:

North
AQ876
QJ
Q
AQJ98
South
53
A96532
A53
62
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

4 looked like a normal contract, and the lead was 9 (2nd/4th) to Q-K-A.

Q1: What do you play next?

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North
AQ876
QJ
Q
AQJ98
South
53
A96532
A53
62
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

It seems like a plan to take a diam ruff or two in dummy, but if we start that immediately, there is no card we really want to play from dummy to the next trick.

So seemed reasonable to first try the finesse. I played the 6-5-Q-K.

RHO returned the 4.

Q2: Which card do you play from hand?

North
AQ876
QJ
Q
AQJ98
South
53
A96532
A53
62
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

It didn't seem right to raise with the A now since that will likely give you at least two quick trump-losers, so I played low from hand.

RHO won the King. Then returned the 4.

Q3: Which card do you play from dummy?

North
AQ876
QJ
Q
AQJ98
South
53
A96532
A53
62
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

Again, it didn't seem right to just give up the spade-finesse so I tried the Queen. RHO of course won the K (btw, did I tell you, everything went wrong?), then returned 2 to LHO's Ten and dummy's Ace.

Q4: What do you do next?

North
AQ876
QJ
Q
AQJ98
South
53
A96532
A53
62
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

I cashed the Q and RHO of course showed out, discarding the 9.

*Ouch --- this is starting to look really ugly*

Q5: What do you do next?

North
AQ876
QJ
Q
AQJ98
South
53
A96532
A53
62
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

I was now hoping for a miracle, desperately tried to run some good s, and at least get rid of my diam losers.

But no such luck. Turned out LHO started with a singleton club, and immediately ruffed the A.

Then cashed a high diam, followed by another diam to RHO, who finished off the massacre with a club return, for a final trump promotion and DOWN 4!!

Q6: What's the best lesson to be learned from this horror-story?

Cry

 

For the records, here's the full deal:

 

http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?bbo=y&myhand=M-2740324674-1561924235

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