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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.

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