New Canadian Bridge
Declarer inserted the jack to continue with the ten of diamonds for the king, ace and nine. Dummy was re-entered with the king of clubs on which East discarded the deuce of diamonds. South played a diamond to the queen dropping the jack and ran the suit, pitching two hearts and a spade from the table. West parted with a spade and a heart but what could he throw on the last one? He elected to discard a heart honor but declarer continued with the ace of hearts promoting the jack and ten to master! Thirteen tricks were home, N-S +720. If West pitches a spade, the play of the club ace followed by the ace, king and jack of spades will squeeze him in hearts and clubs. South will follow with ace and a fourth club if he lets go of a club, squeezing him in the majors.
East should not cover the ten of diamonds or discard one on the king of clubs. South may well go wrong in diamonds to record only ten tricks.
North's two heart rebid functioned as Fourth Suit Forcing (to game) but said nothing about his heart holding. It was his intention to raise clubs but he quit when South leaped to the nine-trick game.
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