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.