Both sides vulnerable


{spade} Q 10 7 5

{heart} A Q 10 5 3

{diam} J 6

{club} K 7


{spade} 6

{heart} J 9 8 7 6

{diam} K Q 9 8 5 2

{club} 5


{spade} 8 4 2

{heart} K

{diam} 10 7 4 3

{club} 9 8 4 3 2


{spade} A K J 9 3

{heart} 4 2

{diam} A

{club} A Q J 10 6

The bidding: EastSouthWestNorthPass 1 {spade} 2 {diam} 2 {heart}Pass 3 {club} Pass 4 {spade}Pass4 NT Pass5 {diam}Pass7 {spade} All Pass Opening lead: {diam} K

Being a procrastinator is like having a credit card: It's pleasant until you get your monthly statement. Sometimes, though, procrastination at the proper time will pay.

After South roared into seven spades, he took the ace of diamonds, drew trumps and noted with regret that he could discard only three hearts from dummy on his clubs. Since South was no procrastinator, he took the heart finesse next. East produced the king: down one.

How would you play the grand slam?

South should procrastinate. After he draws trumps, he runs the clubs, pitching hearts from dummy, and takes two more trumps. When South leads his last trump at the 11th trick, dummy has the jack of diamonds and A-Q of hearts. West must keep the queen of diamonds and can keep only one heart.

Dummy discards the jack of diamonds, and South then leads a heart. When West plays the jack, South knows West's last card is the queen of diamonds. So South puts up the ace of hearts, and his luck is in.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} Q 10 7 5 {heart} A Q 10 5 3 {diam} J 6 {club} K 7.

Your partner opens one club, you respond one heart and he bids 1NT. The opponents pass. What do you say?

Answer: Your distribution isn't quite balanced, and diamonds may be a weak spot at no trump, hence if partner has three-card heart support, you'd prefer to play game at hearts. Bid two spades, forcing. If he tries three hearts, you'll bid four hearts. If he bids 2NT, you'll bid 3NT.

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