"Eddie Kantar Teaches Advanced Bridge Defense" is the outstanding companion to "Modern Defense" (reviewed yesterday). With style and humor, Kantar shows how a good defender plans, counts and draws inferences.

"There are more ways to kill dummy than shooting the poor guy," Kantar says. West leads the ace of clubs: the modern style is to lead the ace from A-K-x. When East plays the three, West knows South has the missing club (East would signal high with a doubleton).


If West takes the king of clubs, South will draw trumps and pitch a loser on the queen of clubs; if West shifts to a spade at the second trick, South will lead a club toward the queen for the same result. But if West leads a low club at Trick Two, East ruffs, and South goes down.

"Advanced Bridge Defense" and "Modern Defense," great for your favorite player's Christmas stocking. Available from 2700 Neilson Way 334, Santa Monica CA 90405. $22 each postpaid, $40 for both. Autographed on request.


You hold: S J 9 4 H 7 3 D K 8 2 C A K J 9 4. Your partner opens one heart, you respond two clubs, he rebids two hearts and you try 2NT. Partner next bids three clubs. What do you say?

ANSWER: Partner suggests minimum values, length in hearts, support for clubs and unbalanced distribution. If he wants no part of notrump, neither should you: his distribution might be 4-5-1-3. Pass, although a return to three hearts or a bid of four clubs might work.

North dealer

Both sides vulnerable


S A K 6

H A 10 4

D 10 9

C Q 10 8 7 2


S J 9 4

H 7 3

D K 8 2

C A K J 9 4


S Q 10 7 3

H 6 2

D J 7 6 5 4 3

C 3


S 8 5 2

H K Q J 9 8 5


C 6 5

North East South West

1 C Pass 1 H Pass

2 H Pass 4 H All Pass

Opening lead -- C A