South topped the jack with the ace and banged out the top spades without success. A spade was conceded to the queen but East switched to a club. Declarer finessed but West produced the king and returned another for the ace. With hearts breaking 3-3, two overtricks were home, N-S +660.
West had done well to reject a club lead where South will score at least twelve tricks and perhaps thirteen if he guesses the spade position. He could play off a top spade, lead a heart to dummy and advance the jack of spades pinning the ten. This play would bring home the suit without loss on this layout.
West could be certain that the game would not be defeated since he held merely a king. Stayman was not employed by North and he, therefore, elected to go passive by choosing a heart lead. A spade lead was too risky as evidenced by this layout and the nine of diamonds held little appeal on this auction. The recap was littered with +690's which dictates that most players in the West seat began with a club ceding a trick. No declarer was able to corral thirteen tricks and we can thus surmise that all declarers played spades from the top.