Both vulnerable. South deals. Opening lead: Seven of Hearts
North got a bit too excited when he heard partner open one no trump. The combined assets were 34-36 high-card points – enough for a small slam, but not usually enough for a grand slam. Could South make it? South inserted dummy’s nine of hearts at trick one in the faint hope that it would hold the trick. He won with the queen in hand after East played the 10. Needing at least some extra tricks from the spade suit, declarer led the ace of spades at trick two. East found the excellent falsecard of the 10 of spades! Looking at the good spade spots in dummy, East was trying to create the illusion that he started with queen-10 doubleton. South was in no rush to fall for this. He tried to get a count on the hand by cashing two more high hearts, all three diamonds and the two high clubs. He learnt that East started with four hearts, at least three diamonds and at least two clubs. A third club was likely and it was possible for East to have started with at least one four-card minor suit. It was certainly possible that East had started with shortness in spades. A singleton 10 would do declarer no good – West’s queen wouldn’t fall and he wouldn’t have enough tricks. After great thought, South played a spade to dummy’s king and went down three. Nice defense!