New Canadian Bridge
Declarer put up the ten but East refused to cover. A trump was continued to the jack and the play of the ace extracted the king. The ten of diamonds was advanced and passed but East produced the queen and switched to the nine of spades. West scored the king and the game was soon down one, N-S -100. Declarer would have earned ten tricks and the game bonus by putting up the king of diamonds. West had a difficult lead and the selection of a trump had benefited declarer. The ace of diamonds would have obviated any guess in that suit. Suppose West continues diamonds as South puts up the king, dropping the queen. On this layout, South must then play the ten of hearts to pick up the trump suit. He loses the king of spades and the ace of clubs but the contract is home. North was too aggressive, in my view. It is clear that he intended to raise hearts at his second turn to disclose a weak hand. However, South's jump to 3NT presented another problem. North had no desire to become declarer in the ninetrick game and converted to four hearts. North should pass the major suit opening, holding a miserable 5 HCP without a ruffing value.
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