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Another similar example is:
A Q J 10 3
8 2
Q J 8 3
A 5
8 7 6
A 10 5
K 4
10 7 6 3 2
 
9 5 4 2
Q 7 6
10 9 2
J 8 4
K
K J 9 4 3
A 7 6 5
K Q 9
Can North/South make 6 NT? No, the timing is all wrong - the defense must get a heart and either a diamond or a second heart.
Obviously, 6 is not going to work, losing the A and a trump.
Does 6 make? Not if, as is likely, it is declared by North - a diamond lead kills it. But what if it is, improbably, declared by South?
Indeed, 6 by South does indeed make - all declarer needs is a single heart ruff and then he can pitch North's diamond losers on two long hearts and a club.
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