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South crossed to the king of clubs to fol­low with a spade for the ten and queen. East switched to a di­a­mond but de­clarer won the ace and cashed the jack of spades as both de­fend­ers fol­lowed. A club to the ace re­vealed a nor­mal break in that suit and the last spade was drawn re­sult­ing in an over­trick, N-S +650.

North's four club over­call func­tioned as Leap­ing Michaels promis­ing a strong hand with five clubs and five spades. South then ad­vanced to the ma­jor suit game with three­card spade sup­port.

The mi­nor suit game also comes home but would yield an in­fe­rior re­sult (+600). 3NT has nine top tricks and might do even bet­ter with South as de­clarer when West be­gins with the heart king. North would be re­stricted to the con­tract when East leads a heart be­cause the queen of spades is off­side.

This agree­ment frees up a cue bid of a ma­jor suit weak twobid to be­come a Western Cue Bid ask­ing part­ner to bid 3NT when he owns a stop­per in the ma­jor suit. North would hold a good hand with a solid seven card mi­nor, es­sen­tially guar­an­tee­ing nine tricks as long as South could fur­nish a guard in the ma­jor suit. Copy­right 2017 Torstar Syndication Ser­vices

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