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The lead was ruffed in dummy and fol­lowed by a heart to the king. An ad­vance of the queen of clubs was cov­ered and ruffed as de­clarer played an­other heart. East hopped with the ace to re­turn a third heart for the jack as South dis­posed of a di­a­mond. The play of the king of spades re­vealed the 4-0 break and the game fin­ished down two, N-S 100.

The foul trump di­vi­sion had doomed the con­tract.

North's de­ci­sion to of­fer a triple raise was based upon the fact that part­ner could not hold more than 15 HCP. A one club open­ing would have been ar­ti­fi­cial promis­ing 16+ HCP. This ac­tion was ef­fec­tive in si­lenc­ing the op­po­si­tion when the deal might have be­longed to E-W.

Dou­ble dummy, East could win eleven tricks at clubs by play­ing South for the queen­jack of clubs. He picks up the trump suit with two fi­nesses to lose but two heart tricks. East did not con­sider any ac­tion at ad­verse vul­ner­a­bil­ity. The club suit was ema­ci­ated and there was al­ways the dan­ger that West would take take a five club over­call se­ri­ously and boost to slam. On this oc­ca­sion, West would hap­pily pass but E-W would in­cur a mi­nus score.

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