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South ruffed the sec­ond heart and drew trump with the top spades. He ran the di­a­monds but still had to lose two club tricks, N-S +170.

The lay­out was friendly with spades di­vid­ing 2-2 so the de­fense could not pre­vent de­clarer from scor­ing ten tricks.

North's dou­ble raise was weak and South, there­fore, en­ter­tained no no­tion of an ad­vance to the ma­jor suit game.

Some West play­ers might have en­tered the auc­tion with a take­out dou­ble de­spite the ad­verse vul­ner­a­bil­ity, hold­ing a prob­a­bly worth­less queen of spades. North would again ven­ture three spades as a pre­emp­tive ac­tion but East would then ad­vance to four hearts. This call would likely be passed out but the dis­play of the dummy would be a huge dis­ap­point­ment. South would cash two spades. North should con­trib­ute the jack of spades on the sec­ond one to sug­gest a di­a­mond switch. The de­fense would swiftly cash two di­a­monds to earn a one-trick set (+100). There is a very small chance that East could bring home ten tricks when South ex­its with a trump. He could win four club tricks by play­ing South for the jack and ten.

A penalty dou­ble of four hearts would yield a match­point top (+200) but it is highly un­likely that ei­ther player would find a dou­ble.

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