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South dis­carded a spade on the heart ace, drew the only out­stand­ing trump and led a di­a­mond for the king and ace, N-S +420.

West had hoped to score three de­fen­sive tricks and de­feat the con­tract but was some­what sur­prised by the re­sult. Sup­pose that he be­gins with the ace of di­a­monds. It may not be ab­so­lutely clear that he must cash the ace of spades to hold de­clarer to the con­tract.

West's de­fense will be crit­i­cal if the op­po­nents drive to slam. What would he lead? The ace of spades would be suc­cess­ful be­cause he would swiftly fol­low with the ace of di­a­monds to de­feat the slam.

The se­lec­tion of the king of hearts would be an un­mit­i­gated dis­as­ter. The ace of di­a­monds as an open­ing shot would work as long as he con­tin­ues with the ace of spades.

E-W own an undis­closed ten­card heart fit but the vul­ner­a­bil­ity is un­fa­vor­able. East must lose two spades, a di­a­mond and the ace of hearts, ren­der­ing a five-level sac­ri­fice a notch too high.

East de­clined any ac­tion at this vul­ner­a­bil­ity but there are play­ers who would wade in with a pre-emp­tive two hearts or per­haps of­fer a weak jump raise of di­a­monds. Au­thor: Dave Wil­lis - visit his web­site at­side­ 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.

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