This deal is from the President's Cup inter counties team of eight held in July.
Michael Byrne and Rodney Lighton combined effectively to talk the opposition out of a grand slam.
After Michael opened three clubs at green first in hand on a distributional minimum East doubled with his 23 count. Rodney realised that the opposition must be close to slam here and muddied the waters with a raise to four clubs on a doubleton and not much in the way of high cards. West bid four hearts and Michael broke all rules of pre-empting by raising the level again. This took away East's chance to bid Blackwood. East settled on six notrump which West felt unable to raise despite his extra playing strength as East may have had a club holding of something like Kx.
Perhaps East should bid six clubs over five clubs as a grand slam try, but it was difficult to reach the grand after the effective barrage.