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South put up the ace to con­tinue with the six of di­a­monds on which East dis­carded a spade. He could pick up the trump suit with two fi­nesses but was short an en­try to take a club fi­nesse and the con­tract drifted down one, N-S -50.

The grand slam would be a lock as long as di­a­monds did not break 4-0. South draws trump and parks a club from hand on the fourth heart to score a sat­is­fy­ing +1440. North went through the mo­tions of ask­ing for con­trols de­spite own­ing all five. His con­tin­u­a­tion of five hearts asked if part­ner owned the queen of di­a­monds. The five spade re­ply promised the queen in ad­di­tion to the king of spades. South would ad­vance to six di­a­monds when he did not hold the di­a­mond queen. North judged to ven­ture a grand slam rea­son­ing that part­ner could dis­pose of any club losers on the heart win­ners. The con­tract was an ex­cel­lent one but the foul trump divi­sion had sealed de­clarer's fate.

6NT is icy since North can pick up the di­a­monds with­out loss and there is a chance of thir­teen tricks. East might choose the ten of clubs as an open­ing shot, hand­ing North an over­trick.

Au­thor: Dave Wil­lis - visit his web­site at www.in­side­bridge.ca

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