This hand is from the ITC event held in Brisbane. South opened a weak 2S and was feeling happy until North emerged from a huddle with 6S. West led the HA, giving the HK its value again but a minor suit king would have been much more agreeable! Still, the 3H overcall with a suit headed by the AQ will probably have both minor suit kings and so it will just be a matter of organising to take both finesses. Having thought about it, you play small from both hands and West shotguns the C3 onto the table.
Time for a side track into zen! One must not try too hard to judge the speed or slowness of a play. It is a matter of sitting quietly at the table and letting reality reflect off you. Then you might really see what is happening! Anyway you have spotted the very fast C3, grasshopper, but what are you going to do now?
Usually, a good defender will force you to make a decision about a finesse at trick two when it is onside so it looks like the CK is onside. West didn’t have to consider this as he might if he had both kings so the DK is offside. Easy game this but only if you can find the play now!
After the 3H overcall, West is less like to hold club length so the plan is to squeeze East out of either the DK or the long club. So, finesse the CQ and cash the king and jack of spades. Unblock the DA and run the trumps and on the HK East is in trouble.
If he discards the DK, the D10 becomes the twelfth trick. If he discards a club, then, after a second club finesse and the CA, the C5 will be good. A beautiful inferential squeeze!