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De­clarer swiftly drew trump and claimed thir­teen tricks, NS +1460.

South could eas­ily launch into Black­wood since the auc­tion marked part­ner with a sin­gle­ton spade. When North re­vealed two con­trols with­out the heart queen, he ad­vanced to the ma­jor suit slam. He nat­u­rally as­sumed that the ace of spades was miss­ing but the dis­play of the dummy put that as­sump­tion to rest. The heart suit was agreed as the trump suit by in­fer­ence since North had of­fered a sup­port dou­ble dis­clos­ing three-card heart sup­port.

The de­fense earns one trick when West be­gins with the club ace but West could not be ex­pected to lead that suit when part­ner had raised spades. The mi­nor suit slam would come to grief if East be­gins with the queen of clubs. Of course, he might in­deed choose a spade but +1390 does not fa­vor­ably com­pare with the ac­tual re­sult (+1460). Bid­ding the ma­jor suit slam had right-sided the contract and could not be de­feated. Iron­i­cally, South had ad­vanced to the heart slam be­cause it was the higher scor­ing contract and there was a known eight­card fit.

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