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South ruffed the club con­tin­u­a­tion, drew trump and claimed the slam, N-S +1430. North's re­verse promised 17+ HCP with longer di­a­monds than hearts. South's spade re­bid was forc­ing but did not nec­es­sar­ily prom­ise a six-card suit. A 2NT re­bid by South was avail­able to show a poor hand. North raised spades since the dou­ble­ton king-queen con­sti­tuted ex­cel­lent sup­port. South then launched into Black­wood to ask for con­trols with spades agreed. When the re­ply showed three con­trols, South con­tin­ued with five hearts to in­quire about the queen of spades. North's six di­a­mond re­sponse promised the spade queen and the king of di­a­monds caus­ing South to set­tle into the icy small slam. The mi­nor suit slam also comes home with di­a­monds break­ing nor­mally but the ma­jor suit con­tract was su­pe­rior and a higher scor­ing one which is al­ways an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion at match­points.

Cu­ri­ously, a seven club sac­ri­fice would not yield a profit. There are six cer­tain losers so that a dou­bled save would cost 1700 points! At fa­vor­able vul­ner­a­bil­ity, a save would be a prof­itable ven­ture.

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