West cashed a second spade but switched to a diamond for dummy's ten. South was only able to scramble five tricks and the contract finished down four, N-S -800.
South's decision to overcall at the three-level with an emaciated five-card suit was suicidal on this layout. E-W own a nine-card spade fit but the vagaries of the play and defense make it difficult to guess how many tricks West would win. A trump lead would be best where West would struggle mightily.
It is far from clear that E-W would land in spades when South passes the weak-two bid. West could advance to two spades but this action would be forcing and might culminate in high level trouble when East holds spade shortness. West may take a dim view of his collection after the weak two bid by his partner and opt to pass in search of a small plus score.
East should manage eight tricks at hearts for a modest +110.
Too many players bid over pre-empts without the proper values and South's action on this deal resulted in a disaster that could have been avoided. He would have opened the bidding as dealer but to wade in at the three-level was incomprehensible.
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