Both sides vulnerable

NORTH (D)

{spade} A 5 4

{heart} K 2

{diam} 10 7 6 4 2

{club} A 5 4

WEST

{spade} Q 9 6 2

{heart} 7 5 4

{diam} K Q

{club} J 9 8 6

EAST

{spade} J 10 8

{heart} 6 3

{diam} A J 9 8 5 3

{club} 10 7

SOUTH

{spade} K 7 3

{heart} A Q J 10 9 8

{diam} None

{club} K Q 3 2

The bidding: North EastSouthWestPassPass1 {heart} Pass 2 NT Pass3 {club} Pass3 {heart} Pass3 {spade} Pass4 {club} Pass6 {heart} All Pass Opening lead: {diam} K

A while ago, with the economy in distress and unemployment up, Unlucky Louie got this cheering note from his broker: "There is no truth to the rumor that things are so bad, the wages of sin have been cut."

They haven't been in my club's penny Chicago game: If you sin there, it costs you plenty. Today's declarer ruffed the first diamond and cashed all his trumps. West saved his clubs, and when South next took the top clubs, East discarded. The defense then got a club and a spade.

South sinned: He had little to lose by starting the clubs at Trick Two. South takes the A-K, goes to the ace of spades and leads a third club. If East discards, South wins, ruffs his last club in dummy and loses one spade.

If instead East ruffs the third club, South plays low. He ruffs the diamond return, cashes the ace of trumps and then takes the queen of clubs, pitching a spade from dummy. Since East had only two trumps, South can take the king of spades and ruff a spade in dummy to land the slam.

Daily Question

You hold:

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

Your partner opens one heart, you bid two diamonds, he rebids two hearts and you try 2NT. Partner next bids three clubs. What do you say?

Answer: Your partner promises six hearts, four clubs and minimum opening values. Your hand has improved: His hand is probably short in diamonds, and all your honors are working. Bid four hearts. He may hold 8 3, A Q J 9 5 3, 5, K Q 3 2.

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