Updated: Sep 23, 2021
You are West, the declarer in 3NT. North leads the ♠5. Plan your play.
How many sure winners you hold in spades?
Which suit should you establish? How would you play this suit, starting from East? How would you play this suit, starting from West?
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Gino's Suggestion and a Short Explanation
Do not grab your winners. You do not hold enough to make 3NT.
You hold 3 sure winners in spades once the suit has been touched. Your AKJ lies in the fourth seat.
Establish hearts. To avoid a block, first play the ♥J from your hand and the ♥5 from the dummy, regardless of which hand you need to start from. Surrender a winner twice to the ♥A/K. The remaining 3 hearts will be promoted. Magnetize yourself to hearts!