Both sides vulnerable


{spade} Q 3

{heart} 7 2

{diam} K Q 9 8 3

{club} A 5 4 2


{spade} 5 4 2

{heart} K J 8 4

{diam} 7 4

{club} J 10 9 8


{spade} A 6

{heart} Q 10 9 5

{diam} A 10 6 2

{club} Q 7 6


{spade} K J 10 9 8 7

{heart} A 6 3

{diam} J 5

{club} K 3

The bidding: SouthWestNorthEast 1 {spade} Pass2 {diam} Pass2 {spade} Pass3 {spade} Pass 4 {spade} All Pass Opening lead: {club} J

An optimist is someone who believes that what will be, will be postponed. A wild-eyed optimist wouldn't (and didn't) make today's game, but a declarer willing to postpone drawing trumps would.

South took the king of clubs and blithely led a trump to the queen. East played low, and South was in trouble. He led a heart and ducked East's 10, but East cashed the ace of trumps and led another heart. South won and drew trumps, but when he forced out the ace of diamonds, the defense cashed a heart. Down one.

South was more than optimistic when he led trumps at Trick 2: He assumed the defenders would be snoozing. South must instead lead a low heart.

If East wins and leads another club, South can take the ace, cash the ace of hearts and ruff his last heart in dummy, losing a trump, a heart and the ace of diamonds. If instead East leads the ace of trumps and another trump, stopping the ruff in dummy, South draws trumps and sets up the diamonds for a heart discard.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} Q 3 {heart} 7 2 {diam} K Q 9 8 3 {club} A 5 4 2.

Your partner opens one heart, you respond two diamonds and he rebids two hearts. The opponents pass. What do you say?

Answer: You have enough values to invite game (but not to force to game by bidding, say, three clubs). Bid 2NT. Your alternative is a raise to three hearts, but I'd be reluctant to raise with two low hearts when the hand contains a club stopper and a partial spade stopper.

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