Both sides vulnerable


{spade} K 10 7 2

{heart} 5

{diam} A Q 6 4

{club} K 10 9 3


{spade} 6

{heart} Q 10 8 6 3

{diam} K 10

{club} 8 7 6 5 4


{spade} 8 5 3

{heart} A 9 7 2

{diam} J 9 5 2

{club} A Q


{spade} A Q J 9 4

{heart} K J 4

{diam} 8 7 3

{club} J 2

The bidding: SouthWestNorthEast1 {spade} Pass3 {spade} Pass4 {spade} All Pass Opening lead: {heart} 6

"My husband and I play together," a fan says, "and when all is said and done, I usually did it and he said it."

My fan writes that her husband had plenty to say after South made four spades.

"He led a heart as West, and I took the ace and led a trump. South drew trumps and passed the jack of clubs to my queen. When I led a heart next, South took the king and forced out my ace of clubs. He had five trumps, two clubs, a heart, a heart ruff in dummy and a diamond. He didn't even need the diamond finesse, which would have won.

"My husband roasted me for not shifting to diamonds, but I was taught not to lead to dummy's strength. Do you sympathize?"

Not much. East can see one heart trick and two clubs for the defense. She also needs a diamond -- quickly, before South sets up the clubs for discards. If East leads a diamond at Trick Two, forcing out the queen, she can lead a second diamond when in with the queen of clubs and cash a diamond when she takes the ace.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} K 10 7 2 {heart} 5 {diam} A Q 6 4 {club} K 10 9 3.

Dealer, at your left, opens one heart. Your partner passes, and the next player bids 1NT. What do you say?

Answer: Double, showing opening values or more with support for the unbid suits. You ask partner to bid a suit, but he can pass for penalty with a good hand. To enter the auction entails some risk since the deal may be a misfit, but if you're going to act, it's safer to do so now than later.

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