South won the ten to con­tinue with the jack of clubs for the king and ace. A club to the ten was fol­lowed by the heart five to the queen. South ran the clubs, dis­card­ing a di­a­mond and a heart. West parted with two di­a­monds and a spade re­sult­ing in twelve tricks, N-S +490. If West throws three di­a­monds, South could cash the ace-queen of spades, ace of di­a­monds and exit with the king of hearts to bring home an­other twelve tricks. South could have re­sponded with an in­vi­ta­tional two spades to the take­out dou­ble. The de­ci­sion to bid 2NT was the su­pe­rior ac­tion be­cause South held a per­fectly bal­anced hand and the ten of di­a­monds could po­ten­tially fur­nish a dou­ble guard if part­ner held as lit­tle as the jack of di­a­monds. Sup­pose South elects to bid two spades. What would North re­bid? A three-di­a­mond cue bid would be sug­gested in case part­ner held a four-card spade suit. This ac­tion would con­firm game val­ues but show doubt about the fi­nal con­tract re­veal­ing only three-card spade sup­port. In this sce­nario, South would swiftly con­vert to 3NT where N-S would again reach their par. 3NT might not be a happy land­ing when North dis­played a lowly sin­gle­ton di­a­mond.

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