New Canadian Bridge
South won the diamond continuation in hand and played off the king and ace of hearts as West showed out, NS +450. The auction ground to a halt after two cue bids since South could not consider a further advance without a diamond control. North feared that a diamond lead might defeat the slam when East owned the ace. West had wisely chosen to start with the ace of diamonds since there was a fair chance that East would hold the king. Suppose that he begins with a the spade three. South could potentially continue with the top clubs, discarding a diamond. A third club is ruffed but the ace and king of hearts reveal a heart loser. A fourth club is trumped in the closed hand and followed by a spade ruff. A club winner is ruffed with the master trump as South divests himself of the queen of diamonds. When a the remaining top spade fells the jack, twelve tricks will be home. This line is double dummy, to be sure, because West might hold a doubleton club and overruff the third one. It was quite possible that hearts were breaking 2-2 and this line would be an abject failure.
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