North opened One Spade, East passed and Belladonna (as South) responded Two Hearts. North rebid his spades and Giorgio - never a shy bidder - jumped to Four Hearts.
West led the king of clubs and declarer won. There were nine obvious tricks and a number of possibilities for the tenth. He started by leading a low diamond and ducking in dummy - good technique, keeping control in the suit with the chance of taking a diamond ruff on the table. East scotched this plan by playing the ace and another trump.
Reduced to trying another tack, South won, drew the last trump, and ducked a spade all round - perhaps the suit would break 3-3? It did not, but there was now a new danger for the defenders. Two top spades and a spade ruff would establish the eight of spades as a winner.
To counter this, East was compelled to lead a diamond to drive out dummy's side entry. A good try, but not good enough, alas, for declarer now played off his remaining trumps and, at the end, East had to unguard either the diamond or the spades.Reuse content