South won in hand and drew trump in three rounds as East discarded two spades. A spade to the king was topped by the ace as East returned the queen of hearts. The ace of hearts was followed by a diamond on which West, not unexpectedly, pitched a heart. South faced his cards conceding a heart and a diamond trick for down one, N-S -50.
South should have continued with the queen of spades and a spade ruff. West will be reduced to hearts and, rather fortuitously, must win the heart exit, with the eight-spot in dummy. The forced heart return, a ruff and discard, permits declarer to trump in one hand and pitch a diamond from the other to score eleven tricks and earn the game bonus.
East must return the seven of hearts so that he can win the second heart and exit with the jack of diamonds to defeat the contract.
South should have ventured 3NT over the pre-empt relying upon partner to furnish sufficient values and a spade stopper to make the nine-trick game a viable contract. South could emerge with two overtricks by winning the second heart and, subsequently, squeezing East in spades and diamonds. Author: Dave Willis - visit his website at www.insidebridge.ca 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.