New Canadian Bridge
Declarer ruffed the diamond lead, drew trump and conceded the ace of clubs, N-S +1430. The slam was an excellent contract that would only be defeated when the opponents could manage a club ruff.
The constructive raise promised 8-9 HCP with exactly three-card support and South could envision twelve tricks as long as partner owned a rounded suit ace. The leap to five diamonds functioned as Exclusion Blackwood asking North for controls but telling him not to count the the ace of diamonds because South was void. The first step response disclosed one control, either the ace of hearts or clubs, and South happily advanced to a small slam. Some players would have opened two clubs with South's hand but the major suit opening was a good plan. This action would rarely be passed out since South held twelve black cards. This beginning conserved bidding space and gave South an opportunity to find a black suit fit before settling into a final destination. North would respond two hearts to a two club opening promising a five-card suit with two of the top three honors. He would subsequently raise spades and South would again jump to five diamonds as Exclusion Blackwood hoping that partner held the ace of clubs in addition to the ace of hearts. Questions on bridge can be sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to The New Canadian Bridge c/o Torstar Syndication Services, One Yonge St., Toronto, M5E 1E6.