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Partner should have no more than 3 hearts and 3 spades and therefore must have 4 clubs. Partner might have K98, 8, 8x, or 8xx. Therefore you should lead J. You profit if partner had a singleton and you will never get any heart tricks if partner holds 8x or 8xx. If partner had K98, you need to convince him or her to cover with K to make your T an entrance to your hand in case you need to lead spades twice because your partner holds AJ9 or Q9x. A J should promise the T.
May 20, 2016
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Regarding your last paragraph, under normal circumstances after the A lead I assume a suit preference signal would be given by your partner for diamonds. So a diamond switch would become obvious.
May 17, 2016
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Counting HCP, East should have known that it's unlikely that West has a club honor. East should know to look for a diamond ruff.
May 9, 2016
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I can see three lines of play.

The first you cash the spade ace then play the A, K of hearts getting a diamond discard. Then draw trumps. Later you can try the club finesse or not.

The second you take the two hearts tricks (and the diamond discard right away) then ruff a diamond in dummy and try the spade finesse. The club finesse is still available later.

The third you can forgo the diamond discard to take a spade finesse and after the spade finesse works take the diamond discard. The downside is that if the spade finesse fails you lose your diamond discard. But if that happens you can take a club discard instead, guarding against the club finesse of the jack failing.

What I'm most interested in is what we can infer from east's bid. It probably promises at least 6 diamonds, maybe 7. Therefore west is more likely to have the spade K. But beware west holding KTx in spades because then west can cover the Q and make his or her S T good.
May 8, 2016
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