Another deal from the MCBA Swiss Teams.
Looking at the East West hands which game would you want to be in?
Probably no game is good enough odds, but four hearts has better chances than five clubs and three notrump would need a lot of luck.
After West opened one club, North overcalled one spade and East bid two spades to show a sound raise to three clubs.
South doubled to suggest spade support and an honour in spades.
West thought that his crisp fourteen count was just worth a game try, so bid three hearts to show something in hearts. With no spade stopper East West could not play in three notrump, so East showed three card support in hearts. West guessed that this was a better contract than five clubs, so passed.
North led a diamond, West won, cashed two top hearts and then played the club ace.
With the kind club layout West had no further difficulty, he cashed another top heart and played on clubs.
An initial spade lead is more testing, but West should still prevail. He trumps the third round of spades and plays two top hearts and then clubs.
When South ruffs a club he has no more spades to play, but if he had, West could ruff in hand, cross to dummy with a diamond and draw the last trump.