N-S vulnerable

NORTH

{spade} 6 4 3

{heart} A 8 7 5 2

{diam} 9

{club} K 10 7 5

WEST

{spade} Q J 10 7

{heart} J 6

{diam} K 10 8 5 2

{club} 9 2

EAST

{spade} K 9 5 2

{heart} K Q 9 4 3

{diam} Q 6

{club} 6 4

SOUTH (D)

{spade} A 8

{heart} 10

{diam} A J 7 4 3

{club} A Q J 8 3

The bidding: South WestNorthEast 1 {diam} Pass 1 {heart} Pass 2 {club} Pass 3 {club} Pass 5 {club} All Pass Opening lead: {spade} Q

You should always view life -- and the contracts you declare -- through the windshield, not through the rearview mirror.

Today's North-South bid well to five clubs, but South got splatted like a bug on a windshield in the play. He took the ace of spades and started a crossruff: ace of hearts, heart ruff, ace of diamonds, diamond ruff.

South then ruffed a second heart with his eight of trumps. West splatted that with the nine and led his last trump, and South was held to four trumps in his hand, a diamond, three ruffs in dummy, a heart and a spade. Down one.

South needed to look ahead and count his tricks. He has three side aces, hence he'll be home if he takes eight trump tricks. After South ruffs a diamond and a heart with low trumps, he should continue to crossruff with high trumps.

At the end, South will have won 10 tricks and will still have his eight of trumps and dummy's seven. He ruffs his last diamond in dummy and is sure of one more trick.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} A 8 {heart} 10 {diam} A J 7 4 3 {club} A Q J 8 3.

You open one diamond, your partner bids one heart, you try two clubs and he returns to two diamonds. The opponents pass. What do you say?

Answer: Bid three clubs. If you were uninterested in game, you'd pass two diamonds, hence you show game interest as well as a two-suited hand. Partner's preference to two diamonds pleads weakness, but if he has 7 6 5, A 8 6 4, K 6 5 2, 10 6, five diamonds will be a fine spot.

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