This deal is from the multi-team Ruia Cup held at Manchester Bridge Club over three evenings every spring. The cup was donated many years ago by brothers Govind and Bhim Ruia. Govind is no longer with us, but Bhim has started playing again after many years absence from the game and it was good to see him, now in his eighties, playing in this event.
On this deal East mysteriously passed, South opened one heart and West overcalled one spade. North had a normal raise to two hearts, East underbid somewhat again by only raising to two spades. South (Raymond Semp) made a game try with three clubs (a direct four heart punt has some appeal). North took a rosy view of his hand and bid game, knowing that there were no wasted spade values. There were no problems in the play and game soon made on a combined fifteen high card points of which three (the king of diamonds) were not needed. In the other room East West reached four spades with a combined 25 points and an eight card fit. This was a decent enough contract, but the bad breaks in spades and diamonds meant that it went one off for an 11 IMP gain to Raymond's team.