The Telegram (St. John’s) - - WEEKEND EXTRAS -

East won the king to re­turn the spade five but South in­serted the ten. West scored the ace and cleared the suit with a third round as dummy parted with a heart and a club. A club to the king was fol­lowed by a low di­a­mond as the eight was topped by the nine. With di­a­monds break­ing 3-2, ten tricks were in the bank. If East had con­trib­uted the nine or a di­a­mond honor, de­clarer might aban­don that suit and switch to hearts for another happy end­ing.

South's play of the ten of spades was cor­rect although he would not en­joy this hand when West pro­duces the jack and the de­fense scores six spade tricks.

South, rea­son­ably, de­clined to of­fer a neg­a­tive dou­ble with such fee­ble hearts. A foul break might be dif­fi­cult to over­come even if a 4-4 fit ex­isted. The 2NT re­sponse was a de­scrip­tive ac­tion and North boosted to the nine-trick game in spite of West's spade raise.

If South had dou­bled two spades, North would ven­ture four hearts but he would be re­stricted to ten tricks when West wins the spade lead and re­turns another, tap­ping North. If North ducks a di­a­mond, a third spade pro­motes a trump win­ner for East. If de­clarer draws trump, he will lose two spades and a di­a­mond trick.

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