South topped the ten with the king to continue with the jack of hearts for the queen and ace. West won the heart continuation to return a spade, taken by the ace, and the nine of hearts extracted the last trump as West parted with a club. The ten of clubs was advanced for the three, queen and king. West cashed the ace of diamonds to exit with another for the king on which South discarded a spade. A club to the ace fetched a spade pitch from East but the eightspot was continued for a ruffing finesse resulting in ten tricks, N-S +170.
West had found the most effective opening lead but declarer was still able to bring home two overtricks. South had been entirely too conservative in the auction since he held 12 HCP and partner had offered a takeout double. He could have cue bid two clubs to force to game and subsequently raise partner's two heart rebid to game.
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