It's satisfying to resist temptation. It can be even more

pleasurable to yield to it -- but only temporarily.

South couldn't resist finessing with the queen on the first spade, even though East's double of three spades made it certain where the king was. East won and returned the jack of spades, forcing out the ace.

South drew trumps, cashed a few more trumps for exercise, took the ace of diamonds and finessed with the jack. This play resulted in down two, since East took the queen, and West got the king of clubs later.


South may have gotten a thrill from yielding to temptation at Trick One, but to make the slam would provide more pleasure. South must play the three of spades from dummy.

East wins with the ten and leads a club. South takes the ace, cashes the top diamonds and ruffs a diamond high. He leads a trump to dummy's ace, ruffs a diamond, draws trumps and can then return with the ace of spades to cash the good diamond for his 12th trick.


You hold: S K J 10 8 2 H 7 D Q 10 9 2 C 9 8 3. Dealer, at your left, opens one club. Your partner doubles, and the next player raises to three clubs. What do you say?

ANSWER: Bid three spades. Since partner promises opening values with help for the unbid suits, you have enough strength to compete. Actually, to try four spades is tempting; if partner has a suitable minimum hand (A953, AJ53, K853, 4), you'll be a favorite to win ten tricks.

South dealer

Both sides vulnerable


S A Q 3

H A 2

D K J 6 5 3

C Q 10 6


S 7 6 5

H 6 5 3

D 8 4

C K J 5 4 2


S K J 10 8 2

H 7

D Q 10 9 2

C 9 8 3


S 9 4

H K Q J 10 9 8 4

D A 7

C A 7

South West North East

1 H Pass 2 D Pass

3 H Pass 3 S Dbl

4 H Pass 5 H Pass

6 H All Pass

Opening lead -- S 7