New Canadian Bridge
West placed the seven of hearts on the table as declarer topped the queen with the king. A heart was continued to dummy's ace, dropping the jack to East's chagrin. The play of the ten of hearts fetched the deuce of diamonds from East. South then played diamonds from the top and could claim the grand slam when both opponents followed to two rounds of the suit. West should not lead a heart versus the grand slam, a beginning that gave the show away. East was visibly upset that partner had started with a heart and had carelessly discarded a diamond presenting South with the contract.
South had sniffed out that the club king was offside. West's failure to lead a club suggested that his rounded suit holdings were not equal. West would surely have selected a club as an opening lead with nothing of value in the suit.
Declarer could have tested diamonds at trick three and fallen back on a club finesse for success when diamonds proved 4-2.
North had forgotten that Flannery was in their bidding toolkit. Therefore, when he reversed into spades, South had every right to believe that partner owned 17+ HCP. South then employed Blackwood and sailed into a grand slam when the response revealed three aces. The display of the dummy was a huge disappointment but South capitalized on sloppy defense.
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