New Canadian Bridge
West continued hearts when partner contributed an encouraging eight-spot. East won the king and delivered the ruff, leaving West with a problem. He elected to exit with a safe trump and the defense eventually scored two diamond tricks, N-S +110. A spade lead would have been just as effective since declarer must draw trump to prevent a heart ruff. East wins the first heart but switches to a diamond where a third round of the suit forces out declarer's last trump. When West wins the heart ace, he cashes a long diamond restricting South to another eight tricks. Suppose that North chooses to bid 1NT (forcing) intending to rebid three spades at his next turn to show a three-card limit raise. South will rebid two hearts and North will settle for a raise to three hearts that will end the auction. The 4-4 fit would appear to yield nine tricks but East should be able to secure a spade ruff, holding declarer to eight tricks. East must take care to win the first heart and shift to a spade to secure the ruff. The opening lead of a spade could culminate in two ruffs when declarer wins in dummy to advance the queen of hearts. East must play the king and can reach partner twice in diamonds.