#2 North South Vulnerable

South   West      North   East
2NT        Pass       3♣          Pass
3           Pass       6NT        AP

North (Dummy)
♠ K 7 5 2
 6 4 3
 K 3
♣ A K 6 5

West                                      East
♠                                             ♠
                                              
 J                                            
♣                                             ♣

South (Declarer)
♠ A 4 3
 A K J
 A Q 9
♣ Q J 9 8

West leads the J. What is South’s plan?
 
This is a “take all of your chances” hand.
 
With 11 top tricks, declarer has two chances for an extra trick: spades 3-3 or the heart finesse.  In order to test both, declarer should attack spades first by ducking a spade at trick 2.  This allows declarer to keep control of the spade suit.  Declarer should then win the likely diamond return, run the clubs and play the ♠AK, if spades are 3-3 then the fourth spade is the 12th trick.  Otherwise, take a heart finesse!
 
Notice if you play on the hearts first and the finesse loses, you no longer have an opportunity to give up a spade.  Timing is everything…

Take a look at the entire hand:

North (Dummy)
♠ K 7 5 2
 6 4 2
 K 3
♣ A K 6 5

West                                   East
♠ Q J 6                                 ♠ 10 9 8
 Q 10 7 5 2                         9 8
 J 10                                    8 7 5 4 2
♣ 10 3 2                               ♣ 7 4                                    

South (Declarer)
♠ A 4 3
A K J
 A Q 9
♣ Q J 9 8

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