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South con­tin­ued with a trump as West topped the queen with the king. The re­turn of the king of spades was won by the ace but a sec­ond heart re­vealed the foul break.

West topped the eight with the ten and cashed the queen of spades to play a third one for the jack as de­clarer dis­carded the jack of di­a­monds. South at­tempted to cash the top clubs but West ruffed the sec­ond one to earn a two-trick set, N-S 100.

The lay­out was very un­friendly, to be sure, but de­clarer would be in with a chance with a nor­mal 3-2 trump di­vi­sion.

North's boost to the ma­jor suit game was war­ranted since part­ner had dis­closed a six­card suit. He held prime hon­ors with a sin­gle­ton and tol­er­a­ble trump sup­port.

It is unimag­in­able that any pair would land in 3NT de­clared by North. This con­tract might come home when East be­gins with a di­a­mond. North con­tin­ues with a low club as East hops with the queen to re­turn ?

A spade will be ef­fec­tive by driv­ing out the ace while the clubs are blocked. A heart shift will also work when West wins but switches to the king of spades.

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