This deal is from the MCBA Swiss Teams held face to face at Altrincham at the end of July.
North was Raymond Semp, South Robert Ferrari, though they had played on the same team many times in the past, this was a new partnership.
West led the four of diamonds to Robert's three notrump contract, won by the ace. Now a club went to the queen and a second diamond was won in hand, another club was won by West who switched to a spade. Robert won in dummy and cleared the clubs. Another spade was won in dummy, declarer could not afford to duck the spade as he could not then get to the diamond queen and get back to dummy. Now the six of clubs was won by South with the ten and the queen of diamonds cashed. Robert now exited with a diamond, West won with the jack and had to lead a heart away from the king to give South nine tricks.
Clearly the defence could have beaten this contract at a couple of points, but well played by Robert for a 12 imp gain.
A secondary question from this deal. How do East-West defeat three clubs played by North?
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To beat three clubs East must lead a low heart. North wins the ace cashes the diamond ace and tries to ruff the third round of spades. West must over ruff with the ace or king and play back the nine of clubs to West's queen. West can now play another heart to get two heart and three trump tricks.
Thanks to Raymond Semp for reporting this deal