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From the Real World

9 2
10 9 5 4 2
K J 4 3
J 8
K 5
J 8
Q 9 8 6 2
10 9 7 6
 
7 6
K Q 3
10 7 5
K Q 5 4 3
A Q J 10 8 4 3
A 7 6
A
A 2
This deal comes from a Hungarian Teams Semifinal, and was submitted by Gal Hegedus. When played in the match, the two contracts were 3 NT by North, and 4 by South, which we'll see are the exact best sides for these two games.

Spades

If South declares 4 , he can make by unblocking the A and using the 9 as an entry to pitch either a club or heart loser.
If North declares, however, East can lead a spade to kill North's entry before the diamonds are unblocked, and declarer must lose two hearts, a spade, and a club.

Notrump

If South declares 3 NT, a lead of the 10 sets it. Declarer cannot avoid losing four clubs and a spade.
But if North declares, the defense run into a blockage problem in clubs. East must lead one of his high clubs, which declarer can safely win with the ace, leaving the club jack in his hand. Then when West wins the K, the club suit is blocked:
9
10 9 5 4 2
K J 4
J
5
J 8
Q 9 8 6
10 9 7
 
7
K Q 3
10 7
K 5 4 3
A Q J 10 8 4
A 7 6
2

The Real Play

Against 3 NT, the real East chose to underlead his clubs, which turned out bad for him, and declarer was able to actually take eleven tricks when, after unblocking his diamonds, east won the first spade and failed to kill the heart entry to South's hand.
4 made easily.
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