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Open­ing Lead: ♦5

De­clarer put up dummy's ace, drew trump in four rounds and ran the heart suit for twelve tricks, N-S +680.

The dan­ger in play­ing low from the ta­ble is that East might pro­duce the king and switch to a club, re­strict­ing South to ten tricks. Two over­tricks would roll home by win­ning the di­a­mond ace and draw­ing trump as long as hearts were 3-2 (68%).

If hearts had di­vided 4-1, de­clarer would then play a di­a­mond to­wards the closed hand in an ef­fort to build a tenth trick.

West must lead a club to earn the de­fense two tricks but was re­luc­tant to be­gin with the ace of clubs.

North was con­fronted with a prob­lem­atic re­bid. South had promised a five-card spade suit since Flan­nery was among their agree­ments. A jump re­bid in hearts was pos­si­ble but would be non-forc­ing and might land N-S in the wrong ma­jor. North de­cided to of­fer a jump raise of spades de­spite own­ing only three-card sup­port. This ac­tion at least con­veyed his strength and a 53 spade fit was as­sured.

If North had in­deed re­bid three hearts, South would boost to game. How would South have treated a four spade con­tin­u­a­tion by part­ner?

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