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South won dummy's ace to ad­vance the king of spades for a ruff­ing fi­nesse. East's ace was ruffed away as de­clarer drew trump, end­ing on the ta­ble. When spades broke 4-4, an over­trick was in the bank, N-S +1460. If hearts had di­vided 4-1, South would re­quire the de­fender with heart length to hold four spades for suc­cess.

South's fail­ure to em­ploy Black­wood in­di­cated a void which would al­most cer­tainly be in spades. He could have jumped to ei­ther five clubs or five di­a­monds which would have func­tioned as Ex­clu­sion Black­wood ask­ing North for con­trols but telling him not to count the ace of the bid suit. How would North, in this se­quence, have in­ter­preted a leap to four spades? This ac­tion should also be construed as Ex­clu­sion Black­wood again ask­ing for con­trols with hearts agreed but promis­ing a spade void. South could ad­vance to three spades to show three-card sup­port since they were in a game-forc­ing auc­tion. If North mis­tak­enly treated this call as an of­fer to play in spades, the dummy would be a ver­i­ta­ble rev­e­la­tion when he elects to sub­side. North would emerge with twelve tricks in the 5-0 fit but the ex­cel­lent heart slam would go by the boards.

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