This hand is from the final of the Victorian pennant and was played by Justin Howard. The auction started with a heart preempt by West. Some may think it is a trick light for a vulnerable preempt but, if you are not going to preempt on a suit this good, you are too easy to play against. Since South had shown a good hand (remember that one doesn’t make weak bids over a preempt) with the 4D protective bid, North checked on key cards and bid the slam.
It’s not a great slam since there is a certain spade loser and you have to find the king of diamonds and the queen of clubs and trumps must not be 4-0. Or is it as bad as that? Justin showed that the position of the queen of clubs is irrelevant so to demonstrate that, the diagram lacks a seven of clubs and has two queens of clubs! West led the king of hearts to the ace and the diamond finesse was taken. A spade back to the ace allowed another diamond finesse and the king popped up. Now declarer ducked a spade that was won by the jack and another spade returned.
Can you take over from here? West seems to be 7222 but does it include the QC? The key is that only West guards the hearts and only East guards the spades so, after ruffing the spade return and running trumps, the position before the last trump is
When the 7D is cashed, West and North discard a heart but West is known to have another heart and, therefore, only two clubs. If East discards a spade, dummy’s ten is good and if East discards a club, both defenders now have only two clubs and so both queens of clubs will drop! Well played!