West was furious
that the five-diamond bid had stolen his big hand, but he envisioned a
reasonable penalty. He opened a king, and he is still waiting to take a trick.
Dummy ruffed all of declarer's losing clubs, and South made a grand slam.
The strange part
of this deal is not what actually happened but what might have. Suppose East
had "rescued" the double to five hearts. Suppose West had then bid six
hearts. North should prepare to set seven hearts, while getting ready to save
at seven diamonds. He should make a cue-bid of seven clubs. Now, if the
opponents bid seven hearts a club lead will set them. And if they double seven
diamonds, West can beat it only by opening his singleton trump.
Of course, it is
the correct lead—but even in national championships the correct lead isn't
always made. And so I'll no doubt be telling you when I report what happens in
Detroit in the near future.