New Cana­dian Bridge

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South won the ace, drew trump and suc­cess­fully passed the queen of clubs when East de­clined to cover. How­ever, there was no way to avoid the loss of a club and a spade trick, N-S +650.

3NT will yield only ten tricks when West be­gins with the king of spades but North judged to em­ploy Stay­man since he did not hold a per­fectly bal­anced hand.

North de­clined to try for slam when the 4-4 heart fit was un­cov­ered. He could have dis­closed some slam in­ter­est by re­bid­ding two spades which could not be nat­u­ral ac­cord­ing to their meth­ods. This con­tin­u­a­tion would func­tion as a bal­anced hand slam try with hearts agreed. South owns a max­i­mum but the pan­cake pat­tern is not an as­set and he is li­able to sign off at game Slam is a poor propo­si­tion where de­clarer must avoid the loss a club for suc­cess. The ad­di­tion of the ten of clubs to ei­ther hand would re­sult in twelve tricks as long as the club king was on­side.

Some part­ner­ships would play that North's two spade con­tin­u­a­tion would re­veal four spades with a hand of in­vi­ta­tional strength. In their meth­ods, the two club re­sponse does not nec­es­sar­ily prom­ise a four-card ma­jor. There­fore, a 2NT re­bid by North would deny four spades where a di­rect raise to 2NT would func­tion as a trans­fer to di­a­monds.

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