This hand is from a teams game on BridgeBase Online ( www. bridgebase. com if you are unfamiliar with it). North opened a natural 1D. This is much better than opening these hands with a strong 2C or 2D since those bids remove all the space required to find the best contract. South responded 1S as there were insufficient values for a two level response. When North reversed into 2H, showing 17+ points, South used a convention called Blackout. This convention makes the lower of 2NT and 4th suit ( 2NT here) an artificial weak bid. North continued to bid out his shape and South, with no fit, bid 3NT rather than 4S in the 4- 3 fit. West led the 8C, top of nothing, and South could see the problem was going to be the lack of entries to the South hand to lead small cards towards dummy. East encourages with the 7C. The defence might be persuaded to play another club so declarer false carded by winning with the QC. To East, it seems that partner has the 9C and that the lead is not top of nothing, perhaps KJ98. At trick two, declarer led a small diamond to the king and ace and then played the jack which East won. East now played the AC and declarer must not spoil the picture by playing the K, J or 9. It must be the 2C to preserve the illusion that South started with Q32 or Q52 of clubs. When East continued another club, the contract was easy although it was, in fact, always safe with careful play. How would declarer have done if they had chosen 4S instead of 3NT? The main point of the play in this contract is that declarer must play one of the red suits. Hearts is much better than diamonds, early so as to be able to discard the secondround loser in the other red suit. If the club suit can be picked up for 1 loser then the defenders can be held to one red card, AC and QS. A club lead from West or from dummy will solve the club problem easily.