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South won dummy's ace to con­tinue with the spade three for the five and queen on which West dis­carded a di­a­mond. The jack of hearts was passed to the king as East switched to a fourth best club for part­ner's ace. East won the club re­turn with the king and fol­lowed with the jack, tap­ping dummy, where his trump win­ner set the con­tract, N-S 50.

The cruel 4-0 trump divi­sion, in ad­di­tion to the heart king off­side, had doomed the game. North's boost to game was a good plan rather than re­spond­ing 2NT to gain more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing part­ner's weak two-bid. The ma­jor suit game was likely to be a lock.

Deep Fi­nesse states that South can make four spades but it is look­ing at all hands. South could emerge with ten tricks by play­ing East for four spades where a trump coup would erase East's trump win­ner. De­clarer would be com­pelled to play the cards in the right se­quence which is much eas­ier when you can see East's hand. 3NT would be suc­cess­ful when the de­fense plays four rounds of clubs as long as North be­gins spades with the king. The 4-0 divi­sion will not be an prob­lem since two fi­nesses will bring home the suit. 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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