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Q 10 9 2
Q 7 6
A K Q 3 2
2
4
A K 10 9 5
J 8 4
K 7 6 5
 
A K 7 6 5
8 2
10 7 6 5
J 8
J 8 3
J 4 3
9
A Q 10 9 4 3

Notrump

If North/South declare notrump, the defense starts off with a low heart, eventually getting four hearts, two spades, and either a club or a diamond. South's immediate tricks are three top diamonds, a club, and the first round heart.

Spades

If East/West declare spades, the defense starts with three top diamonds and a diamond ruff (with the eight,) followed by the A-Q, North ruffing. North leads the last diamond at this position:
Q 10 9
Q 7 6
2
4
A K 10 9
K 7
 
A K 7 6 5
8 2
J 3
J
10 9 4 3
North/South have taken the first six tricks, with a natural trump trick remaining, but the diamond lead brings the defense total to eight tricks.
If North/South declare spades, the defense starts off with three rounds of spades. South gets an entry too early.
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