Bridge

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De­clarer ruffed and drew trump to con­tinue with the ace and king of clubs, ex­pos­ing the 4-1 break. A club loser was now in­evitable and the con­tract was just home, N-S +600. A diamond slam was in­deed a vi­able propo­si­tion but South was not will­ing to ven­ture slam af­ter North even­tu­ally raised di­a­monds. South as­sumed that part­ner would hold wasted spade val­ues which was not re­ally the case on this oc­ca­sion. North's dis­play of the club ace-king and the king of di­a­monds were the per­fect hon­ors to make slam a good bet.

At quite a few ta­bles, North be­came de­clarer at 3NT where the open­ing lead was crit­i­cal. At one ta­ble, East se­lected the heart queen where North emerged with thir­teen tricks. At a few ta­bles, East be­gan with a fourth best spade and West played three rounds of the suit where North recorded ten tricks. Cu­ri­ously, not one E-W pair was able to de­feat the nine-trick game de­clared by North.

Frankly, it comes as a great sur­prise to me that North was al­lowed to play 3NT at any ta­ble since South held twelve mi­nor suit cards.

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