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West switched a heart for the ace as South ruffed a heart and cashed the ace of clubs on which East showed out. A trump to the jack was fol­lowed by a sec­ond heart ruff and the king of clubs ex­tracted the last trump. An­other heart ruff es­tab­lished the nine as mas­ter. De­clarer dis­carded a spade from the ta­ble on the king of di­a­monds, trumped a third round of spades in dummy and pitched a spade from hand on the fifth heart to score twelve tricks, N-S +620.

South was con­fronted with a prob­lem by the four-level pre­empt but chose a take­out dou­ble in spite of the heart short­ness. This ac­tion brought the spade suit into the pic­ture. How­ever, he swiftly re­treated to five clubs, re­veal­ing longer clubs than spades, when part­ner ad­vanced to four hearts.

North con­sid­ered a raise to six clubs but re­jected this no­tion be­cause part­ner had been pres­sured by the pre-empt. An­other fac­tor was the im­pend­ing threat of bad breaks.

Cu­ri­ously, South can­not win twelve tricks in clubs when West be­gins with a heart.

At an­other ta­ble, South paused for sev­eral min­utes over the pre-empt be­fore pass­ing, es­sen­tially bar­ring part­ner from tak­ing any ac­tion. East man­aged to scram­ble ten tricks.

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