Hiron, Maureen, The Independent (London, England)
So long as the spade suit breaks no worse than 4-1, a standard safety play restricts losers to just one. The hand arose in the Power Rosenblum Open Teams at the 2002 World Championship, and although the participants assuredly knew how to handle the suit, some rejected the safety play to end one down.
At one table South opened Two No-Trumps. North responded Three Clubs, Puppet Stayman, enquiring for both four and five card majors. South bid Three Diamonds, denying a five card major, but showing at least one of four cards. North bid Three Hearts, the major he did NOT possess - so that if a 4-4 fit existed, the strong hand would be declarer. South bid Three Spades, raised to Four Spades.
West led a low heart, and when the ace fetched South's queen, East knew that there was no future in that suit, so switched to a club. See the situation from declarer's point of view. Concerned that the club return …
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