Both sides vulnerable


{spade} K Q 10 3

{heart} 6 4

{diam} A 7 6 4

{club} 7 3 2


{spade} 7 5

{heart} A K J 8 3

{diam} J 10 5 3

{club} K 8


{spade} 8 4

{heart} Q 10 9 2

{diam} K 9 8 2

{club} J 10 9


{spade} A J 9 6 2

{heart} 7 5

{diam} Q

{club} A Q 6 5 4

The bidding: WestNorth EastSouth1 {heart} Pass2 {heart} 2 {spade}Pass3 {spade} Pass4 {spade}All Pass Opening lead: {heart} K

"Ihave a prodigious quantity of mind," said Mark Twain. "Sometimes it takes me a week to make it up."

I continue a week on discovery plays: Today's declarer must make up his mind about the clubs -- and quickly. When the deal arose, West cashed two hearts and led a trump, and South drew trumps and led a club from dummy to his queen. West won, and East got a club later. Down one.

"Your club finesse was hopeless," North grumbled. "West opened the bidding."

"He could have had the king of diamonds, not the king of clubs," South shrugged.

East had about six points for his raise to two hearts, so West had 12 points.Before South decides about the clubs, he must try to place the missing honors. He draws trumps ending in his hand and leads the queen of diamonds. If West has the king, he'll surely cover, and then South can place East with the king of clubs.

When West plays low, South can assign East the king of diamonds. So South leads the ace and then a low club.

Daily Question

You hold:

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

You open one heart, your partner responds one spade, you bid two diamonds and he raises to three diamonds. The opponents pass. What do you say?

Answer: Pass. Your partner's raise is invitational to game, but your values are too minimum to accept. He promises a hand worth about 11 points: A typical hand will be A 9 4 2, 2, K Q 7 6, J 4 3 2, and then any contract higher than three diamonds will be at risk.

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