The GNOT final was held at Tweed Heads recently. The final was won by Adelaide 1 over Adelaide 2, largely due to a huge score in the second stanza. Neither of the Tasmanian teams starred in the overall results this year but there is always some interest when the North and South Tasmania teams face off. This year, the South snapped the North’s series of wins in recent years. The match was a quiet set of boards but board 12 was an interesting hand offering a variety of outcomes after a competitive auction like that shown. On the second round, West made a cue raise showing a game invitational, or better, spade raise with defensive values. North and East made the obvious game bids. Now, one of NS should bid 5H and be doubled as shown. This is the par contract because it gives the minimum loss for both sides. The defence to 5HX was simple as there are three losers after the obvious spade lead. As NS, Hugh Grosvenor and Ann Paton successfully bid to 5HX for a potentially good score if their EW pair could make 4S. In the other room, Judy Bills and Wynne Webber were allowed to play in 4S. The defenders took their three red winners and the outcome depended on the club suit. At the table, East finessed the club queen and, perhaps unluckily, went one down. The normal way to play this holding is to finesse the club queen but, if South has long clubs, running the jack is better. Here, North and South both have seven major cards and, superficially, it appears fine to finesse the club queen. However, there are hints to play the second line. If South leads the AH, the AD and then the 9D, this shows three diamonds initially ( since a low card would show two or four). Now, South looks to be 1633 and leading the jack is correct. Also, South has not bid like someone with 1651 or 1741 and so has 2+ clubs. Both lines are fine if the clubs are 2- 2 so lead the JC in case they are 3- 1. When the JC is covered by the KC, there is a second- round decision whether to finesse the 10 or drop it. In a club game, a weak South might not cover the jack making it all too easy.