An interesting 3NT

Dealer E
Vul
Scoring MP
Lead 4
AJ42
K86
QT76
J3
 
QT9763
93
J52
72
85
AJT42
K43
T64
 
K
Q75
A98
AKQ985
 

I was North playing in 3NT after East had overcalled in hearts. Winning the heart lead in hand, I cashed the clubs, KS to reach this position:

 
AJ
8
QT
 
 
Q9
 
J52
 
 
AJT42
K4
 
 
 
Q5
A98
 
 

Now I led a low diamond towards the Queen, and this ended any chance for 11 tricks. If I had cashed Ace first and led towards the Queen, or played the ten instead of the queen, I would have gotten 11 tricks.

But perhaps the best line is to play on diamonds first. This wins 12 tricks: 2 spades, 3 diamonds, 6 clubs and a heart if East doesn’t take his 2 tricks.

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