BRIDGE DAVE WILLIS
South called for dummy’s jack as East put up the ace collecting the five-spot from declarer. He wisely switched to the queen of clubs as the defense scored two more tricks. South could win any exit and draw trump to record ten tricks, N-S +420.
The club shift was essential to prevent declarer from scoring overtricks. The opening lead of the ten of spades promised zero or two higher and thus East knew that South held the king.
A spade return would permit declarer to score twelve tricks. The diamond suit is blocked as a consequence of the 3-1 break but South will be able to discard a diamond on the spade winner and run the suit.
West had performed well by rejecting a diamond lead where South will easily score an overtrick.
His trump length suggested that a black suit would be a more effective selection.
North was precluded from responding two diamonds since this action would have been game-forcing. His subsequent jump raise of hearts disclosed a three-card limit raise culminating in the major suit game.
3NT will be swiftly defeated when East starts with the queen of clubs. The defense will cash six clubs and the ace of spades to record a three-trick set.