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South won dummy's king and drove out the ace of di­a­monds to earn the slam bonus, N-S +1440.

South's hand posed a real prob­lem for an open­ing bid. A two club open­ing would un­doubt­edly be greeted by a two di­a­mond wait­ing re­sponse where South would be com­pelled to re­bid three clubs. The dou­ble­ton queen-jack of di­a­monds were not nec­es­sar­ily of any in­trin­sic value.

A one club open­ing might be passed out but this would be an un­likely sce­nario. If part­ner passed, game would be prob­a­bly be a pipe dream and East would of­ten bal­ance. The mi­nor suit open­ing led to a smooth auc­tion to the top scor­ing contract. South had im­pro­vised with a jump shift, to be sure, but part­ner's three club re­bid promised val­ues with three-card sup­port. South re­vealed a di­a­mond pref­er­ence giv­ing North an op­por­tu­nity to cue bid the ace of spades. When he sub­se­quently dis­closed the spade king via a sec­ond cue bid, South elected to ad­vance to 6NT re­ly­ing upon North to dis­play the king of di­a­monds. This was a vir­tual cer­tainty be­cause part­ner owned little of value in the rounded suits. He would have ven­tured 3NT long ago hold­ing only the ace and king of spades. Ques­tions on bridge can be sent with a stamped, self-ad­dressed en­ve­lope to The New Cana­dian Bridge c/o Torstar Syn­di­ca­tion Ser­vices, One Yonge St., Toronto, M5E 1E6.

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