Neither side vulnerable

NORTH

{spade} 9 5 2

{heart} A J

{diam} 8 4

{club} A 10 8 6 5 3

WEST

{spade} K J 3

{heart} 10 9 8 7 3

{diam} Q 10

{club} J 7 2

EAST

{spade} 10 8 6

{heart} K 5 2

{diam} J 9 7 5 2

{club} Q 4

SOUTH (D)

{spade} A Q 7 4

{heart} Q 6 4

{diam} A K 6 3

{club} K 9

The bidding: South West North East

1 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass Opening lead: {heart} 10

The best that can be said of some people is that they remind us of others who are worse. I can't say even that much for our sourpuss member Grapefruit, who must have been weaned on a pickle.

In today's deal, dummy played the jack on the first heart, and Grapefruit, East, took the king and fired back a heart. Dummy's entry to the clubs disappeared, but South wasn't ready to give up: He led a club and played the nine when Grapefruit followed low.

West took the jack and led another heart, and South won and overtook his king of clubs with the ace. The queen fell, South claimed 10 tricks, and a wisp of steam emitted from Grapefruit's ears. He informed West that he must have been reincarnated since nobody could get so dumb in one lifetime.

Clearly, South's club holding must be K-9, hence West must let South's nine win. South can set up his fourth spade or maneuver an end play, throwing West in with the third round of clubs to lead a spade from the king, but South will probably be down two.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} 10 8 6 {heart} K 5 2 {diam} J 9 7 5 2 {club} Q 4.

Your partner opens one heart, you raise to two hearts and he bids 2NT. The opponents pass. What do you say?

Answer: Partner's 2NT is a try for game and suggests 3NT as a possible spot. Your values are minimum, hence you can't accept a game invitation. Since your pattern is balanced and your doubleton contains an honor, pass. If your hand were 10 8 6, K 5 2, Q J 7 5 2, 5 4, you'd return to three hearts.

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