New Canadian Bridge
West led another spade but declarer ruffed away East's jack to continue with the king and ten of hearts. The ace of hearts was followed by a second spade ruff and dummy was entered with the queen of diamonds to draw the last trump on which South threw a club. Declarer led a diamond to hand and was about to claim twelve tricks until West showed out. He turned his attention to clubs by cashing the ace and followed with the queen for a ruffing finesse. With the king residing in West as expected, two overtricks were in the bank, N-S +480. The opening lead of a diamond might have altered the result. Declarer will conclude that West has led a singleton but how will he play the trump suit? If he loses a heart finesse, West could potentially score a diamond ruff.
South was in a difficult position when East offered a spade raise. An advance to three hearts would be interpreted as a competitive action. South held a solid 16 HCP, a singleton spade and four hearts. The auction suggested that North held few spade values and, therefore, a leap to the major suit game was indicated. This action would not always be a winning decision but North's display of the dummy was all that South could have hoped for.