N-S vulnerable

NORTH

{spade} Q J

{heart} J 10 4

{diam} K 7 3

{club} A 10 6 4 2

WEST

{spade} K 8 6 3

{heart} K 9 5

{diam} Q J 9 6 2

{club} 5

EAST

{spade} 10 9 7 4 2

{heart} 8 7 6 2

{diam} 8 5

{club} K 8

SOUTH (D)

{spade} A 5

{heart} A Q 3

{diam} A 10 4

{club} Q J 9 7 3

The bidding: South WestNorthEast 1 NT Pass3 NT All Pass Opening lead: {diam}Q

Heard about the two TV antennas that met on a roof, fell in love and got married? The wedding ceremony was simple, but the reception was brilliant.

South's play got a cool reception in today's deal. South won the first diamond with the ace and took the club finesse. East won and returned a diamond: ten, jack, king. South then led the jack of hearts to finesse, but West won and cashed three diamonds. Down one.

"Win the first diamond in dummy and finesse in hearts," North complained. "West wins but can't lead another diamond safely, and you have time to set up the clubs. You win four clubs, two hearts, two diamonds and a spade."

As South actually played, he could succeed after East returned a diamond at the third trick. (A spade shift would always beat 3NT.) South could take the king of diamonds, cash a club and exit with a diamond, and after West cashed three diamonds, he'd be end-played.

Anyway, let's hope South was receptive to constructive criticism.

Daily Question

You hold: {spade} Q J {heart} J 10 4 {diam} K 7 3 {club} A 10 6 4 2.

Dealer, at your left, opens one spade, your partner doubles, and the next player raises to two spades. What do you say?

Answer: A competitive bid of three clubs is enough. Since you have 11 high-card points, you'd often bid more strongly, but your queen and jack of spades are likely to be worthless. If your hand were 6 5, K J 4, K 7 3, A 10 6 4 2, you'd jump to four clubs or cue-bid three spades.

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