East encouraged with the spade ten as West continued with the queen collecting the deuce from partner. Declarer played low from dummy on the switch to the ten of clubs. East won the ace to exit with a club for the king. Declarer drew trump, led the deuce of diamonds to the jack and could claim ten tricks when the ace of diamonds dropped the king, N-S +420. West had wisely shifted to a club lest declarer bring home an overtrick with the favorable lie of the diamond suit. If West exits with a trump, declarer will be able to dispose of two clubs from hand on the diamond winners.
A competitive auction had driven N-S to a sketchy game but South managed to emerge with ten tricks on this favorable layout.
East could manage nine tricks at spades and, perhaps, should have considered a sacrifice since a double fit existed in the black suits. North is likely to double but a result of +100 will not be sufficient compensation for the heart game. In fact, this result would might prove to be a matchpoint top because N-S would score +170 in a heart partscore.
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