The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PAUSE & PLAY -

East won the ace but shifted to a heart as part­ner scored the ace and at­tempted to cash the king of di­a­monds. South ruffed, drew trump and claimed eleven tricks, N-S +400.

East wisely switched to a heart at trick two since de­clarer was known to hold a sin­gle­ton di­a­mond. South would be able to score an over­trick if he had owned the ten of spades when he is tapped by a sec­ond di­a­mond. All three of dummy's hearts would be parked on the spade win­ners.

East de­clined to open with a weak two di­a­monds as dealer. Per­haps E-W were play­ing Flan­nery or he re­jected this ac­tion be­cause he owned four hearts. He should open with a weak two-bid if that was their agree­ment as this call is an ac­cu­rate de­scrip­tion of his hand. What ac­tion would South take? A Top and Bot­tom Cue Bid re­veal­ing the black suits would hit the mark but NS were play­ing Michaels cue bids. South will over­call two spades but West will com­pli­cate mat­ters by bid­ding three di­a­monds where North will be in a tough spot. A re­spon­sive dou­ble would prom­ise heart length and could lead to trou­ble when part­ner re­bids hearts. The club fit may re­main buried when North opts for a spade raise.

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