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In a team event at the ACBL Fall Championships, one North-South got to six spades and made it easily after a trump lead. The contract in the replay was six spades again -- North's bid of two clubs was game-forcing -- but West, Roger Lord, led the jack of diamonds.

South took the ace, expecting to draw trumps in three or four leads, pitch his remaining diamonds on dummy's high hearts, force out the ace of clubs and claim. But when West discarded on the second trump, South had problems.

South took the top hearts for diamond discards and led a club -- a play without hope. East won, forced South to ruff a heart and got a trick with his long trump.

South had one chance but didn't take it: He can draw trumps and lead a club, hoping the defender with the ace has no more diamonds. When East wins, he must lead a heart to dummy, and South has five trumps, three clubs, a diamond and three hearts. At IMP scoring, the winning play is worth the risk of extra undertricks.

You hold: Q J A K Q 3 A 8 3 K J 10 7. You open one club, your partner bids one heart, you raise to four hearts and he next tries four spades. What do you say?

A: Your partner has the ace of spades: He has cue-bid to try for slam. Since you have sound values for your raise to four hearts (which showed about 20 points), and your spade honors appear useful, you can cooperate. Cue-bid five diamonds or jump to six hearts.

South dealer.

Both sides vulnerable.
A K Q 3
A 8 3
K J 10 7
J 7 6 4
K J 10 7 6 2
5 4
8 7 6 4 2
10 9 5 2
A 8 2
A K 10 9 3
Q 9 5
Q 9 6 3
South West North East
5Pass6All Pass
Opening lead -- J

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