Another deal from the EBU Spring Fours held in May.
Phillip Taylor chose to open the North hand with a specific ace asking four notrump bid, willing to take a risk on the diamond suit playing for no losers.
Here South, Peter Grauer responded six clubs, which for them showed two aces and Phillip raised to seven. On the queen of spades lead this looks easy with seven clubs, five top outside winners and a diamond ruff in hand. However, when the spades broke seven-one Peter had to work a bit harder. The heart ace was cashed at trick two, then the other top spade, ruffed and overruffed, then ace and king of diamonds followed by a third diamond which East could only ruff with the four of trumps, South overruffed with the five, then another spade ruff and a diamond ruffed with the jack left dummy high. In the other room after North had opened a more normal one club Lily Kearney bid three spades, South bid three notrump and North leapt to six clubs to end the auction. So a rather lucky but exciting swing to Phillip's team.
Thanks to Phillip Taylor for reporting this deal