A deal from a Cheadle Hulme Club Duplicate on 15th August.
Deal rotated for convenience
Dealer West E-W Vulnerable
North South were playing strong notrump with five card majors, so North opened one club. After West's overcall of two diamonds, North's two spade call guaranteed four spades (a support double would show three card support). South then suggested three notrump as an alternative contract and North, with his completely flat hand, saw no reason to return to spades at pairs. West led the four of hearts, how do you proceed?
The only problem is how to play the spade suit. With West more likely to be short in spades than East, Neil Thomas correctly played the two of spades initially to score a joint top on the board when West turned up with a singleton queen of spades.