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Dealer: West

None vul­ner­a­ble NORTH



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ƆQ86 Ɔ$ ƇJ432 ƇQ976 ƅ64 ƅ SOUTH



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W N E S Pass Pass Pass 2NT Pass 3ƅ Pass 3Ƈ Pass 3NT All Pass Open­ing Lead: ƄJ

East over­took with the queen but South played low and ducked the con­tin­u­a­tion of the king. A third spade drove out the ace but de­clarer ran the club suit, dis­card­ing a heart from dummy. West threw a two hearts and a di­a­mond but East two di­a­monds and a heart. A di­a­mond to the ace was fol­lowed by a heart to the king. The game was just home when West could not pro­duce the heart ace, N-S +400.

North wisely elected to em­ploy Stay­man since he held a ruff­ing value. If a a 4-4 heart fit ex­isted, the ma­jor suit game would likely be a su­pe­rior con­tract. South de­nied a four­card ma­jor and the nine trick game was reached.

North was known to hold at least one four-card ma­jor but this in­for­ma­tion did not de­ter West from lead­ing the jack of spades that proved to be the most ef­fec­tive be­gin­ning. Ad­mit­tedly, a di­a­mond lead would have done no harm on this lay­out but a lead from jack empty-fourth in an un­bid suit ver­sus NT, in my ex­pe­ri­ence, will rarely be an ef­fec­tive choice.

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