BRIDGE DAVE WILLIS
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. Visit www.insidebridge.ca. For local games and links to individual clubs, visit www.unit192.ca.