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De­clarer could not avoid the loss of a di­a­mond trick and the grand slam was down one, N-S -100.

North's splin­ter bid promised a sin­gle­ton club, an open­ing bid and four-card spade sup­port. South cue bid the ace of di­a­monds and North re­cip­ro­cated by show­ing the ace of hearts. Black­wood sub­se­quently dis­closed that North also held the king and queen of spades and one other king. South knew that part­ner held the king of hearts be­cause he would not splin­ter with a sin­gle­ton king.

North's dis­tri­bu­tion was known to be ei­ther 4,4,4,1 or 4,3,5.1. He would have re­sponded two hearts when he owned a five-card suit. How­ever, he might have elected to by­pass an ema­ci­ated five-card di­a­mond suit.

South's re­solve to ven­ture a grand slam was too risky. All would be well when North dis­played the queen of di­a­monds but de­clarer would re­quire help other­wise. If part­ner held four di­a­monds with­out the queen, South would need a dou­ble­ton queen or per­haps a fi­nesse when North pro­duced the jack and ten. South should, there­fore, have set­tled for a small slam.

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