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East dis­cour­aged with the club five but West con­tin­ued with the king. East con­trib­uted the ten as a suit pref­er­ence sig­nal ask­ing for a spade shift. Part­ner com­plied by shift­ing to the deuce of spades for the queen and king, en­sur­ing the de­fense of their quota of three tricks, N-S +420.

If West fails to re­turn a spade at trick three, de­clarer will dis­pose of a spade on the jack of clubs to bring home an over­trick.

North re­sponded 1NT be­cause Flan­nery was in their bid­ding tool­kit. South would not hold four spades un­less he was strong enough to re­verse (17+ HCP) and the spade fit would be un­cov­ered in this sce­nario.

South re­jected a two di­a­mond re­bid pre­fer­ring in­stead to fo­cus on the six-card heart suit. North, rather ques­tion­ably, opted to boost to the ma­jor suit game. His hand was com­prised of quacks but the con­tract could not be de­feated on this oc­ca­sion.

3NT might be held to nine tricks since the de­fense owns four black suit win­ners.

East might start with the ten of clubs where West must be care­ful not to play three rounds of the suit or North will record eleven tricks. 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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