Step by Step

Teams match, Dealer West, None Vul.

After West opens 1♦ as dealer and your partner doubles for takeout, you respond 1♠ with the following hand as South:

After which the auction develops rapidly:

(*) Splinter (Spade fit and Diamond shortness).

North being perfectly aware of the weak character of your hand (0-7HCP), the absence of lost points in Diamonds, your fifth Spade and the King of Hearts convince you to bid an encouraging 4♥, over which partner leaps directly to 6♠.

West leads the Diamond Ace and your partner lays down his “bomb”:

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