[Jack of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[— of Hearts]
[10 of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[8 of Clubs]
Hearts are trumps. South leads. North-South are to win all six tricks.
THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE
3 SPADES—5 PTS. 3 NO TRUMP—3 PTS. 3 HEARTS—1 PT.
It seems that none of our high cards are wasted and we should suspect that game is within reach. However, partner may have six spades and four diamonds, in which case a contract of four spades probably will be superior to three no trump.
REDOUBLE—5 PTS. 3 DIAMONDS—3 PTS. 1 SPADE—1 PT.
With 12 points in support of diamonds it behooves us to redouble. It is of course our intention to support diamonds at the next opportunity. Three diamonds over the takeout double leaves partner in the dark with respect to the actual strength of our hand. One spade is likely to work well only when it matches a four-card fit in partner's hand, which is unlikely.
4 NO TRUMP—5 PTS. 6 NO TRUMP—2 PTS. PASS—2 PTS.
After partner's jump into three no trump there is a definite slam aroma in the air. Interest should be manifested by a bid of four no trump, which is not Blackwood since there is no agreed suit. If partner has maximum values he is at liberty to contract for slam. Bids of six no trump and pass afford partner no opportunity to participate in the final decision.