South decided to protect with 24 - not a success, for West began with a smart double, and the defence was merciless. West led 27 and, after winning in hand, declarer made the ill-judged play of a small trump to dummy's queen. East took his ace and cashed the !A, to which West followed with the ten, a clear McKenney for a diamond return, also making it clear that he was not now angling for a club ruff. East dutifully switched to the #Q and was allowed to hold the trick. South ducked the#J which followed, but West was on target when he overtook with the #A and gave partner the heart ruff. Two trump tricks later, South was ruefully writing "minus 500" on his score sheet.Reuse content
"To protect or not to protect," as the Bard might have said. East opened 1#, South passed, and West bid 1!. East rebid 22. West bid 2#, which was followed by two passes. It was a pairs event, and now South wondered if he was being talked out of something. Nobody had bid spades or suggested No-trumps, so there seemed a fair chance that his partner (a) held some spades and (b) was not bereft of values.