East won the king, cashed the ace and continued with the spade nine. Declarer played low, of course, and the suit was blocked. Ten tricks were home, regardless of West's play, with diamonds breaking normally, N-S +430. Nothing could be gained by covering the nine of spades and declarer would suffer defeat had he done so. South was indeed fortunate that East's spot card was the nine, creating a blockage. South's resolve to leap to 3NT appears reasonable until North displayed the dummy. I suppose that South might have rebid three clubs in an effort to ensure that partner owned a spade stopper. This action would culminate in the minor suit game where North would be compelled to play the club suit for one loser. The percentages favor two finesses through West losing only when East holds both the king and jack.
North ruffs the second spade, draws trump, leads a heart to dummy to advance the queen of clubs. When East covers with the king, the contract will be home. Suppose he elects to run the ten of clubs, losing to the jack. If East returns a third spade, West will be squeezed in the black suits by the run of red-suits. He will be compelled to bare the king of clubs to keep the master spade.
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