South ducked two spades but West switched to the jack of hearts on which partner unblocked the king. East won the second diamond, cashed the queen of hearts and continued with the eight. The contract was down two, N-S - 200. South should have won the opening lead and driven out the ace of diamonds. Nine tricks will be available as long as spades divide 4-4. On this layout, the defense will score four spades and the ace of diamonds to record a one-trick set. The minor suit game is icy where North loses only a spade and a trump trick. However, it appears to be a tall order to reach five diamonds. South's decision to venture 3NT was reasonable despite holding 8 HCP and a sketchy club holding. Nine tricks would often be available since possession of the king of diamonds suggests that the suit will run. Unfortunately, North was missing the ace and held too many values in the club suit. The minor suit game would be the final destination if South elects to raise diamonds or perhaps temporize by rebidding three hearts. The latter action is hardly suggested with an emaciated five-card suit. This is a deal where it is virtually impossible for N-S to attain their par.