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Bad reflexes
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Notation is PBN, annotations mine.

           S AKKQQJ
           H KJTT
           D AKKJTT
           C KQJT

S AKJJTT   +-------+  S AKQJ
H QQJ      |   N   |  H AKKQQT
D AAKQQT   | W   E |  D AQJT
C AKQJJ    |   S   |  C AAKQTT
           +-------+

           S AQTT
           H AAAKJJT
           D KQJJ
           C AKQJT
}
[Auction "N"]
53 Pass 54 Pass
55 - Pass
[Play "E"]
DA DJ DK DJ
SA SQ SK SJ
HA HJ HQ HJ
CQ CK CA CJ      // (now West is in)
DA DK DT DJ
DA DK DQ DQ
SA SQ SK ST
DQ DA DJ DK   //  now North is in.
SA SJ ST SJ    
CT CA CJ CK
HQ HT HJ HK    
............

ARGH!!!
The bad reflex?  North cashing his spade ace at trick 9.  That card had one MAJOR value:  it was an entry back into North's hand, to lead another club through East.  South has no really attractive exit card now, and it has definitely messed up the timing for the defense.  

Oh, I also just noted...there's NO good reason to play the diamond ace at trick 8.  Play the 10.  This is SO common.

After 8 tricks, North is on lead in this position:

           S AKKQ
           H KTT
           D TT
           C QJT

S JJTT   +-------+  S QJ
H QJ      |   N   |  H KKQQT
D QT   | W   E |  D 
C KQJJ    |   S   |  C AAKTT
           +-------+

           S AT
           H AAAKJT
           D 
           C AQJT

Points to recognize:

1.  East-West have almost certainly played all their side aces.  
2.  South melded a run behind East, AND DUCKED.  It has to be attractive to lead THROUGH East.
3.  Secondary issue:  South had to play a 10 on West's spade ace.  Ewwww.  There is a pretty good chance at that point, that South started with ATx.  If so, if North leads his spade ace, he crashes South's...AND potentially sets up 2-3 spade tricks for East-West.  North *has no 10s*.

The next few tricks should go:

CQ CA CJ CK
HQ HT HJ HK
ST SJ SA SJ
CT CA CQ CJ    (North sacrifices his 10 to set up South's, much of the time.)
HQ HA HQ HT
CT
CA
HA ..... on which West *discards*

Unfortunately for South, North is also out.  And South has no exits.  South is going to have to give East a heart trick.  Bummer, but can't be helped that I can see.  South can't risk West having a heart ten.

You might be saying, well, the difference was only 1 trick...in the end result, that's correct.  But next time West will have TQJ of hearts, East will have AKKQQQ, and it's 2 tricks *and last trick* if South keeps his spade ace.  When North cashed his spade ace, he wiped out a whole swath of defensive possibilities.
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Bad reflexes - ToreadorElder - 07-03-2016, 05:07 PM
RE: Bad reflexes - rakbeater - 07-04-2016, 10:26 PM
RE: Bad reflexes - ToreadorElder - 07-05-2016, 12:49 AM
RE: Bad reflexes - mickmackusa - 07-05-2016, 01:46 AM
RE: Bad reflexes - ToreadorElder - 07-05-2016, 08:50 PM
RE: Bad reflexes - TigreLXIX - 07-05-2016, 10:17 PM
RE: Bad reflexes - ToreadorElder - 07-06-2016, 01:56 AM

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