A defensive problem from a Cheadle Hulme duplicate in June.
After the above auction, with South's 1NT rebid showing 15-17 balanced, you lead the heart seven, three, nine, ten. Declarer now plays the four of diamonds, king, two, six. What now?
At the table Royce Alexander found the effective switch to the queen of spades, declarer covered with the king which held, took the club finesse and, with the defence threatening to take three spade and two diamond tricks had to cash out for eight tricks. Holding declarer to 120 was a good board for East-West. Declarer could have made nine tricks by the double dummy play of ducking the spade queen and taking the third round of the suit.
The full deal was