N-S vulnerable

NORTH

{spade} Q 5

{heart} J 7 3

{diam} A J 4

{club} A 9 7 5 2

WEST

{spade} 10 9 6 4 3

{heart} K 6 2

{diam} 9 7 6 3

{club} 8

EAST

{spade} K 8 7

{heart} 10 9 8 5 4

{diam} K Q 8

{club} K 4

SOUTH (D)

{spade} A J 2

{heart} A Q

{diam} 10 5 2

{club} Q J 10 6 3

The bidding: South West NorthEast1 {club} Pass1 {diam} Pass1 NT Pass3 NT All Pass Opening lead: {spade} 4

Small people belittle their partners and opponents, but not Rose, our club member whose tact and courtesy are admirable.

Rose was today's North. South played dummy's queen on the first spade, took East's king and let the queen of clubs ride. East won and returned a spade, and South won, led a club to dummy and finessed in hearts for her ninth trick. West took the king -- and three spades.

"Could I make it?" South asked.

"It was a toughie," Rose said. "Maybe, if you saw all four hands."

Rose was right: The winning play is tough. South should lead the queen of hearts at Trick Two, forcing out West's possible entry to the spades. South ducks the spade return, wins the third spade and loses a club finesse. East has no more spades, and South is safe.

South can't afford to lead the ace and then the queen of hearts. West could win and lead another spade but then shift back to hearts effectively.

We all should have Rose's attitude. Don't belittle; be big.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} A J 2 {heart} A Q {diam} 10 5 2 {club} Q J 10 6 3.

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

Answer: Partner may have only five hearts, hence you mustn't jump to game at hearts. Bid two spades, a forcing bid in a new suit. If partner returns to three clubs, you'll try three hearts. If he bids 2NT, you'll raise to 3NT. If he rebids three hearts or raises to three spades, you'll bid four hearts.

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