Neither side vulnerable



H 7 5 4

D 7 5

C Q J 10 9 3


S 9 4

H Q J 10 8 3 2

D J 3 2

C A 5


S J 7 5 3

H 9 6

D 10 9 8 4

C K 7 6


S 10 8 6 2


D A K Q 6

C 8 4 2

West North East South

2 H Pass Pass Dbl

Pass 3 H Pass 3 NT

All Pass

Opening lead -- H Q

The saddest obituary: "We have always done it this way."

Bidding has seen great change -- mostly for the better -- over the past 40 years. In "25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know," Barbara Seagram and Marc Smith discuss methods that any player worthy of the name should be aware of.

The authors begin with familiar conventions and go on to more advanced methods. West's two hearts is a weak two-bid, promising a six-card suit and average high-card values. When South reopens with a double, North cue-bids to show strength, and South tries 3NT.

South takes the ace of hearts, leads a spade to dummy and returns the queen of clubs. If South has the ace, East is sunk; but if West has it, East must preserve his partner's entry to the hearts.

So East rises with the king of clubs and leads another heart; and when the jack of spades doesn't fall, South goes down.

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You hold: S 10 8 6 2 H A K D A K Q 6 C 8 4 2. Dealer, at your right, opens one heart. You double, and your partner jumps to two spades. The opponents pass. What do you say?

ANSWER: Don't get carried away: your partner's jump is invitational to game; he promises only about ten points. With fewer points -- even with none -- he'd bid a suit at the cheapest level; with as many as 12 or 13 points, he'd insist on game. Just bid four spades.