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South is in six no-trumps. West leads the ♠4.
This was contributed by Damien Lescot, who found it in these Belgian writers' "Card Play in Team Matches", a book he strongly recommends.
The first trick was won in dummy with the ♠K and the ♣9 was covered by East's ♣10 and South's ♣J, West discarding a heart. The ♠A, ♦A and ♦Q followed. East ducked the second diamond, thus preventing declarer from making 12 tricks by overtaking the ♥K. However, South cashed the ♥K and played four more rounds of spades to endplay West. North could have finessed the ♥9 next but did not need to because the ♥A squeezed East (again) anyway.
The authors point out that to be sure of making the described endplay work declarer must be careful to drop the ♠5 under dummy's ♠K at trick 1; otherwise, West can unblock the ♠876 and avoid the throw-in while East discards hearts. But what did they still apparently miss in this analysis?
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