Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

South won the heart ace, drew trump and claimed thir­teen tricks, since a club could be parked on a long di­a­mond, N-S +710.

A club lead would have net­ted the de­fense one trick but twelve tricks were a lock. West's cue bid was Top and Bot­tom re­veal­ing hearts and clubs. East was con­fronted with a bid­ding de­ci­sion. Should be ad­vance in hearts or clubs and at what level? From his per­spec­tive, the op­po­nents were odds on fa­vorites to make a spade slam. He, there­fore, chose to bid five clubs rather than six clubs, a move that might stam­pede the op­po­nents into a spade slam. East would get an­other chance to re-as­sess the sit­u­a­tion in the event that South ven­tured six spades. The vul­ner­a­bil­ity was fa­vor­able to E-W where a seven level sac­ri­fice would yield a huge profit. South could score a heart ruff but NS would score only four tricks (+800).

South surely con­sid­ered an ad­vance to a spade slam but East's leap to five clubs had pre­vented him from em­ploy­ing Black­wood. He needed part­ner to own a rounded suit ace and the king of di­a­monds for suc­cess but North would not al­ways dis­play the nec­es­sary hon­ors.

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