West continued hearts when partner encouraged. East won the king to return a suit preference jack of hearts. West ruffed and exited with a low diamond as partner trumped but lost his natural trump winner. South did not lose a club, with the king in the slot, but could not avoid the loss of the king of diamonds and the partscore finished down one, N-S -50.
Double dummy, the defense could emerge with the first six tricks when West starts with a diamond.
North had rejected the game try by signing off at three spades which was quite a reasonable contract until the foul layout was revealed.
Perversely, a NIT contract will fare well on this deal. The king of clubs is onside and South is guaranteed a heart trick with the jack residing in East. Even if West begins with an unlikely ace and another heart where a third one clears the suit, South will be able to finesse in both minors and will emerge with nine tricks.
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