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Cover an Honor?

South Deals
Both Vul
Matchpoints
From: OKbridge
8 5 2
8 6 4 3
K 9 7 3
J 4
J 7 3
J 10 7 2
Q 8 5
Q 9 7
 
10 9
A 5
A 6 2
A K 10 8 3 2
A K Q 6 4
K Q 9
J 10 4
6 5
South West North East
1 Pass Pass 2
Pass Pass 2 3
Pass Pass 3 All Pass

West led a trump, and declarer won in hand and pulled the rest of the trumps. Declarer then led the J, ducked all around. When declarer led the 4 from hand, it was necessary for West to fly the queen, to block the suit, preventing South from from gaining entry to dummy to lead hearts.
If South had continued with the 10, West would have to duck, again to deny South a diamond entry.
In other words, the only way to keep South from gaining an entry to dummy on this hand is to duck if South leads the J or 10, and fly the queen if South leads the 4.
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