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South won the third spade, dis­card­ing two hearts from the ta­ble, and ad­vanced the jack of di­a­monds for the queen, king and ace. East ex­ited with a di­a­mond but South emerged with ten tricks when clubs broke 3-3, N-S +630. North's take­out dou­ble was a huge over­bid but East's spade raise pre­sented South with a bid­ding prob­lem. He, con­ser­va­tively, ad­vanced to the nine-trick game which was the wrong con­tract. An over­trick rolled home be­cause West owned the queen of di­a­monds but not the ace.

It is in­ter­est­ing to spec­u­late how the auc­tion would have un­folded if North had passed the weak two-bid. Would East have bid three spades or passed?

South should dou­ble two spades, when East passes, rather than over­call 2NT (1517 HCP) where North's leap to four hearts will end the auc­tion. With Leben­sohl in their bid­ding tool­kit, South will know what to do re­gard­less of part­ner's ad­vance.

If East elects to ven­ture three spades, South should again opt for a take­out dou­ble, cul­mi­nat­ing in the heart game. The ma­jor suit game is best where North will record an over­trick, los­ing only the ace of di­a­monds and a trump trick.

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