New Canadian Bridge
South won in hand to follow with ace and another trump. West contributed the ten but declarer put up the king dropping the queen. The last trump was extracted and thirteen tricks were home, N-S +1460.
It was obvious that the opening lead was a singleton and declarer was acutely aware that a losing spade finesse might result in defeat. The layout that he feared existed. If he takes a second round finesse, East returns a diamond where West's ruff sets the slam. West would certainly not begin with a singleton when he held queen-ten fourth of spades.
North's two-level response was game-forcing but the subsequent leap to four spades revealed a minimum. South launched into Blackwood and settled into a small slam when partner's response promised the ace of hearts and the king of spades but denied the trump queen. South should have ventured 6NT because he holds the ace and queen of clubs. West cannot profitably lead a club and South will have time to establish the spade suit. Even if he loses a spade, twelve tricks will roll home as long as partner displays a fifth diamond. The irony is that East will score the spade queen restricting declarer to twelve tricks.
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