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Play 1NT

You are West. How do you play 1NT when:

1. North leads a heart? (first and second trick play)

2. North leads a diamond? (first trick play)

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Gino's suggestion and explanation

1. Win the HA in the dummy. You retain the HK as a future entry after you establish clubs. Next play the C10 to establish clubs. By starting with a top club from the short side (the dummy) you prevent a block in the club suit. Continue clubs until you force out the CA.

2. Play the D9. When missing more than 1 honor in a suit (You are missing the DAQ10), first finesse the lowest missing honor.

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