Both sides vulnerable


S A 10 9 2

H A 10 6 4 3

D Q J 5

C 5


S 7

H 8 7 2

D K 6

C A K Q 10 8 7 6


S 6 5 4 3

H 5

D 10 9 8 4 3 2

C J 4


S K Q J 8

H K Q J 9

D A 7

C 9 3 2

West North East South

1 C Dbl Pass 2 C

3 C 3 H 4 C 4 NT

Pass 5 H Pass 6 S (!)

All Pass

Opening lead -- C K

Novices and experts count their points; but an expert also visualizes his partner's hand and imagines how the play will go. Look at South's hand, follow the course of the auction and decide where you'd place the contract. Your cue bid of two clubs shows strength and asks North to bid a suit.

At the ACBL Summer Championships, Brad Moss judged well over East's boost to four clubs. Moss was sure North had a singleton club and five hearts. If North's pattern was 4-5-3-1 or 3-5-4-1, a spade contract would produce an extra trick: South could ruff clubs in dummy and pitch his low diamond on the hearts. So Moss checked for aces and bid six spades!

A heart lead would sink the slam, but West naturally led a high club and shifted to a trump. Moss won, ruffed a club, returned with the ace of diamonds and ruffed a club with the ace of trumps.

Moss could then draw trumps and run the hearts for 12 tricks. At the other table of the match, North-South got to six hearts, down.


You hold: S A 10 9 2 H A 10 6 4 3 D Q J 5 C 5. Your partner opens one diamond, you bid one heart and he jumps to three diamonds. The opponents pass. What do you say?

ANSWER: Bid three spades, planning to support diamonds next. You'll portray a good hand with a singleton in clubs, the suit you haven't bid, and let partner judge how well your hands fit for slam. If he has a perfect hand such as K4, K7, AK10942, A73, you can make a grand slam.