It can often be surprising how different the action can be between the two rooms in a teams match. Here, in room 1, the client declined to open the West hand when many would and it was left to South to open a Precision 12-15 1NT. Now West showed hearts and a minor and, over North’s competitive 2S, East raised the clubs as a pass or correct action. West felt she had undisclosed values and pushed on to 4C. I was lucky enough to find a lead to beat this but I will leave it for you to think about. In room 2, the auction was quite different. Our team mate, sitting West, opened 2H showing hearts and a minor and might have played there but South decided to protect with an offshape double. North has a reasonable hand and jumped to 3S. For no apparent reason, South thought they had unbid values and pressed on to the spade game and our man decided to double this terrible contract.
East now led the QH since it is partner’s known suit. North won this in hand and started trumps by leading the jack, East covered and Dummy’s ace won the trick. Had declarer continued trumps, he would likely be two off but, if the defenders are too quick to take the ace-king of clubs, declarer might make. However, he decided to start diamonds while in dummy. West ruffed the QD, cashed the KC and continued hearts and so the defenders ended up with two trumps, two clubs and one in each red suit for a penalty of 800. That alone was going to give us a good board but putting 4C off provided the icing on the cake. Have you spotted what happened? It looked as though declarer might be ruffing in both hands so I led the QC and, when next in, I played another trump. Who can blame East for finessing and losing a trump trick in addition to three major suit tricks!