New Canadian Bridge
West chose the six of hearts for the five, queen and ace. Declarer continued with the ace of spades on which East discarded the five of clubs. South cashed the king of spades to follow with the ace and king of diamonds, discarding a heart from hand. A diamond ruff felled the queen and South played a club but West rose with the ace. He cashed two spades and exited with the ten of hearts but South could claim ten tricks, N-S +420.
West's failure to begin with a club intimated that he held the ace and, therefore, the contract was safe in spite of the 4-0 trump division.
It is not too far fetched to imagine that some players would try for slam with South's hand. The auction might peter out at the five-level when South fears two club losers. In this scenario, West should make haste to begin with the ace of clubs to ensure defeat. West might even double five spades since he can be assured of two trump winners when North declines to raise spades. South's sequence promised a self - sufficient suit but denied a strong hand since he had simply rebid his suit at the two-level. North held a minimum opening bid without spade support and wisely elected to quit.
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