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The open­ing lead was ruffed in dummy and de­clarer drew trump in two rounds to run the jack of di­a­monds los­ing to the king, N-S +680. A di­a­mond lead would not be suc­cess­ful be­cause de­clarer would read this be­gin­ning as a sin­gle­ton and win the ace to draw trump and con­cede a di­a­mond. Why would West lead a di­a­mond when hold­ing the ace-king of spades?

It was a tough as­sign­ment to reach the iron­clad slam. North would have been in­clined to make a try for slam had he been aware that part­ner owned a fifth heart. The spade void was a valu­able as­set to be sure but part­ner might have held wasted val­ues such as the king-queen or ace of spades. Any ad­vance be­yond game would be a risky propo­si­tion where the five-level could prove to be a notch too high.

Sup­pose that North elects to cue­bid four spades re­veal­ing some slam in­ter­est but not nec­es­sar­ily a spade con­trol. South will re­act fa­vor­ably to this ac­tion since he holds a solid 5 card heart suit. He will re­cip­ro­cate by bid­ding five clubs re­veal­ing first round con­trol. North who owns first round con­trol of spades will ad­vance to the icy small slam.

E-W were play­ing DON’T so that the dou­ble dis­closed an un­spec­i­fied long suit. The dis­ad­van­tage of this con­ven­tion is that you can­not of­fer a penalty dou­ble of a 1NT open­ing. Visit­side­ For lo­cal games and links to in­di­vid­ual clubs, visit

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