New Canadian Bridge
South ducked the king and jack of hearts but East persisted with a third round driving out the ace. This appeared to be a hopeless contract since not even a 3-3 spade break would be of assistance. West would be able to win a spade and cash the thirteen heart to leave declarer without any hope of success. In situations like this one it can do no harm to run the long suit. Therefore, declarer cashed four club winners discarding a spade from dummy. East could pitch one spade but was in trouble on the last club. He elected to discard a diamond but declarer continued with the seven of diamonds. West rose with the jack and cashed the thirteenth heart but the eight of diamonds furnished a game-fulfilling ninth trick, N-S +600.
To defeat the contract, East must not play a third heart but switch to a spade. This defense will leave declarer without resource and the game will drift down one. 3NT would be a likely landing at all tables when North invites game and South moves on to the nine-trick contract. The final result would be determined by East's defense since we can surmise that a heart would be chosen as an opening lead at virtually all tables. Questions on bridge can be sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to The New Canadian Bridge c/o Torstar Syndication Services, One Yonge St., Toronto, M5E 1E6.