No doubt West planned on doing some bidding when he first saw his hand, but the auction got away from him quickly. Five no trump was a grand slam try, too good to bid six diamonds, and South hoped that his freak hand might be enough.

The lovely dummy didn't seem to be quite good enough. There was a third-round club loser that the dummy couldn't cover. The opening spade lead went to the 10 and jack, ruffed by declarer. The ace of diamonds drew the outstanding trumps and South crossed to dummy with a low trump. Declarer cashed both major suit aces, discarding two clubs, then ruffed a spade.

South reasoned that most players are reluctant to open a weak two bid with a side four card major. That meant that the club length would be with East, so South formed a plan that had a chance. He started to run his diamonds and this was the position with one trump remaining:

East still had to find a discard and there was no winning choice. A club and South would cash the high clubs in dummy, ruff a spade back to his hand, and the long club would be good. A spade discard and declarer would cross to a high club, ruff a spade, establishing the board's queen, and return to dummy with another club. A beauty!

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