N-S vulnerable

NORTH

{spade} A J

{heart} Q 9 7 4

{diam} 7 3 2

{club} A J 4 2

WEST

{spade} K Q 10 8 6 4

{heart} 3

{diam} A Q 8

{club} 7 6 5

EAST

{spade} 9 5 3 2

{heart} 6 2

{diam} J 10 9 5

{club} Q 10 9

SOUTH (D)

{spade} 7

{heart} A K J 10 8 5

{diam} K 6 4

{club} K 8 3

The bidding: South West North East 1 {heart} 1 {spade} 3 {heart}Pass 4 {heart} All Pass Opening lead: {spade} K

Today's declarer was Mike (Machine Gun) Kelly, the fastest player in my club. Mike plays the dummy like a jet pilot operating on the ground.

At four hearts, Mike took only a moment before playing dummy's jack (!) of spades.

He won the next spade with the ace and threw a club, drew trumps, cashed the K-A of clubs and ruffed a club. When the queen fell, Mike returned a trump to dummy to discard a diamond on the good jack of clubs. Making four. Time elapsed: 30 seconds.

How would you have played? (You're allowed to take your time.)

Mike's play was imaginative but not best; if East had one more club, Mike would go down. South should win the first trick, draw trumps and take the top clubs. He then leads the jack of spades and discards a club.

West wins and must yield the 10th trick. If he leads a diamond, South's king scores. If West leads a spade, South gets a ruff-sluff. If West has a club to lead, South plays dummy's jack to assure an extra club trick.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} 7 {heart} A K J 10 8 5 {diam} K 6 4 {club} K 8 3.

Your partner opens one spade, you bid two hearts and he raises to four hearts. The opponents pass. What do you say?

Answer: Try 4NT, Blackwood, and bid six hearts if partner has two aces. To jump to game, he should have good heart support and extra strength. He may hold A K J 5 3, Q 9 6 4, A 5, 7 6, and then you can hope to win your 12th trick by setting up dummy's spades or by scoring your king of clubs.

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