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West dutifully leads the Heart Nine and Eastís Jack is taken by Declarerís Ace (holding up wonít achieve anything). The ♣K comes next and East ducks that, if only for practice. East takes his ♣A on the next round and continues with Clubs. That was good play by East, he figured that persisting with Hearts would just hand Declarer her ninth trick, so he adopted a passive defense. So, where is that ninth trick coming from now?