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Dealer: East N-S vul­ner­a­ble NORTH ƄAJ7 ƆQ9765 ƇQ986 ƅ2 WEST EAST ƄQ63 Ƅ85 ƆK2 Ɔ ƇAK104 Ƈ7532 ƅKQ87 ƅ106543 SOUTH ƄK10942 ƆAJ104

ƇJ ƅAJ9

N E S Pass 1Ƅ rdbl* 2Ɔ All Pass

W1NT

Pass

* SOS

Open­ing Lead: ƇK

West switched to the king of clubs for the ace. South con­tin­ued with a low heart as West hopped with the king and ex­ited with an­other. South con­tin­ued with the ten of spades fi­ness­ing West for the queen and was soon claim­ing an over­trick, N-S +650. The play was an open book be­cause West was cer­tain to hold the queen of spades and the king of hearts. dbl 4Ɔ North dou­bled 1NT for penalty but East's re­dou­ble was SOS forc­ing West to re­bid two clubs. An im­me­di­ate two clubs would have func­tioned as Stay­man in search of a ma­jor suit fit.

South er­ro­neously as­sumed that East would cor­rect to two di­a­monds, a con­tract which he had no de­sire to de­fend es­pe­cially if dou­bled. Ac­cord­ingly, he judged to re­bid hearts in search of a ma­jor suit fit. North had an easy raise to the ma­jor suit game hold­ing five-card heart sup­port, a sin­gle­ton club and the ace-jack of spades. This was an un­usual ac­tion given that West had over­called 1NT but North held a vir­tual gold­mine prompt­ing the leap to game.

Four spades is also icy but play in the nine-card fit is best.

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