This deal from Round 13 proved to one of the most fascinating of the event so far.
Virtually the who field attempted 4 on the EW cards, with varying degrees of success (only an initial club lead is sure to let it make assuming declarer makes no mistake).
A few pairs attempted 3NT, but only three succeeded.
In the Venice Cup match between Pakistan and Australia this was the auction:
South led the queen of diamonds and declarer took the third round of the suit discarding a club from dummy, cashed the king of spades, overtook the jack of spades with the queen and ran the queen of clubs. When it held declarer played off the spades to reach this position:
When declarer played the last spade North saw what would happen if she threw the king of diamonds – declarer would exit with a heart and after cashing two tricks in the suit the defenders would have to lead a club. Taking her best shot, she discarded the seven of clubs, hoping declarer might play her to have started with the K1074, but declarer was not to be denied, and rather than attempt an endplay she continued with the nine of clubs to land her contract.
Only two other declarers were successful – remarkaby in the same match, that between the seniors representing New Zealand & Pakistan (which gives you a clue as to my choice of title).
The bidding and play followed a similar course with some variations.
At the table where Ibrahim was at the helm for Pakistan North refused to pitch a club, so declarer exited with a heart to leave NS choosing who would be endplayed.
When Stuckey declared for New Zealand he pitched a low heart on the third round of diamonds. When he played the queen of clubs North covered and after taking the ace declarer played a club to the ten for ten tricks.