The other West decided to lead his ace of hearts. There is something to be said for leading aces against slams that have been bid in this leapy-jumpy fashion (perhaps West hoped to find his partner with the king of hearts?) but on this deal it simply gave declarer two tricks in the suit instead of just one. There was, however, a curious side- effect, for South now found himself looking at eleven top tricks and the thought that the spade finesse might no longer be necessary. There was the possibility of either opponent holding both ]K and the length in diamonds. So South played off his ace of spades (a Vienna coup), cashed his heart winners, and ran the clubs, discarding ]QJ from hand. As you can see, neither defender was at all embarrassed and the slam failed.
Everybody likes to make a slam on a squeeze, but surely South's judgement was at fault here. If West held ]K as well as _A, he could hardly have hoped to find his partner with _K. The spade finesse was right.Reuse content