Both vulnerable. South deals.

Both vulnerable. South deals.
x A J 9 8 4
u 9 4
v J 3 2
w Q 10 3
x 10 3 2 x Q 6
u Q J 8 3 2 u K 10 6
v 10 9 5 v K Q 8 4
w 9 5 w 8 7 6 2
x K 7 5
u A 7 5
v A 7 6
w A K J 4
The bidding:
1w Pass 1x Pass
2NT Pass 3NT Pass
Pass Pass
Opening lead: Three of u
There are usually telltale signs that tell you when to defend passively or when to go for broke. Follow the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz.
The auction was routine. South's jump rebid showed a balanced hand of 18-19 points. North's raise to three no trump was eminently reasonable, although there are ways to check on a possible 5-3 spade fit.
West led a low heart to East's king, which was allowed to hold. East continued with the ten of hearts, which was also ducked. The ball was in West's court. The defender could see that there was no future in hearts -- he could set up two winners but had no entry to them. Also, the spade suit in dummy meant that declarer had a source of tricks quickly available to him. It was time for drastic measures.
The only hope for fast tricks for the defense was to find East with a strong holding in diamonds, so West overtook the ten of hearts with the jack and shifted to the ten of diamonds. Declarer held up the ace to the third round of the suit and then turned his attention to spades. After cashing the king he continued by taking the percentage play of finessing the jack. That lost to the queen -- down two.
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