A deal from a Cheadle Hulme Club Duplicate on 22nd September.
Dealer E Love All.
North South were playing strong notrump with five card majors, so one club could be as few as two clubs. When playing this system it is essential to play that over a one heart overcall of one club a bid of one spade shows four or more spades and double shows fewer than four spades. The normal agreement when one club shows a genuine suit is that one spade shows five or more spades and double shows exactly four spades. However, this had not been discussed and Neil Thomas as North decided that his best shot was to bid two hearts showing a sound raise to three clubs or more. Note that he would have a difficult bid even if one club were necessarily a genuine suit. South bid 2NT and Neil raised to game. A low diamond was led to the queen and king. You play a club to the king and ace and a heart is returned. You play the king, West wins the ace and returns the jack, East discarding a spade. How do you proceed?
It appears that West has led from Jxx or Jxxx of diamonds. On the run of the black suits she will have to hold on to two diamonds and therefore can only keep one heart. The end position is
South plays a heart and dummy is now good.
Alternatively, more artistically, but with some risk, South can come down to the following end position.
South exits with a heart and West is forced to lead a diamond which South runs to the ten to make ten tricks.
This is an example of a simple strip squeeze which is a fairly common end position.