South put up dummy's queen to con­tinue with a low heart for the queen and king. West ex­ited with the ten of spades as de­clarer won and ad­vanced the nine of di­a­monds to­wards the ta­ble. West rose with the ace to re­turn a di­a­mond for the king. The ace of hearts brought the bad news and, when South played a low club for the jack and ace, the game was down one, N-S -100. The 4-1 trump break had doomed the con­tract and it was vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for N-S to stop short of game.

Per­versely, 3NT is likely to yield nine tricks since West will be pres­sured at ev­ery turn.

North's de­ci­sion to re­spond one di­a­mond would not be a pop­u­lar ac­tion at many ta­bles. A ma­jor­ity of play­ers would ig­nore di­a­monds to re­spond one heart and would be­come de­clarer in the ma­jor suit game. East would be­gin with the jack of di­a­monds where the re­sult would be down one when North guesses clubs cor­rectly. The mi­nor suit re­sponse was rea­son­able since di­a­monds were stronger than hearts. A heart fit would not be buried be­cause opener would re­bid one heart with a four-bag­ger.

If East in­ter­jects with a one spade over­call, a dou­ble by South can be em­ployed to dis­close a four-card heart suit.

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