Neither side vulnerable

NORTH

{spade} K Q 7

{heart} Q 9

{diam} 7 6 5 4

{club} 10 9 3 2

WEST

{spade} J 4

{heart} K J 8 7 5 4 3

{diam} K 9 3

{club} 6

EAST

{spade} A 9 5

{heart} 10 6 2

{diam} A Q J 10 2

{club} Q 7

SOUTH (D)

{spade} 10 8 6 3 2

{heart} A

{diam} 8

{club} A K J 8 5 4

The bidding: SouthWestNorthEast1 {club} 3 {heart} Pass 4 {heart}4 {spade} Pass Pass 5 {diam}Pass Pass 5 {spade} All Pass Opening lead: {diam} 3

The 2005 World Championships open tomorrow in Estoril, Portugal, and the U.S. has two teams in the Bermuda Bowl. One is the fearsome squad led by Nick Nickell. The other, winners of Trials held in May, is Mike Becker, Russ Ekeblad, Fred Gitelman, Eric Greco, Geoff Hampson and Brad Moss.

Test your defense as East in today's Trials deal. Cover the West and South cards. You competed in the red suits, pushing North-South to five spades. West leads the three of diamonds to your ace, and South follows. What is your next play?

If you continue diamonds, South ruffs and leads a trump to dummy's king. If you duck, he returns a heart to his ace and leads another trump: jack, queen, ace. Later, South draws your last trump with his ten and claims.

In the Trials, Dave Berkowitz diagnosed South's pattern from the bidding and led a club at Trick Two. When he took the ace of trumps, he led another club, and West ruffed for down one.

For Estoril results, see www.worldbridge.org.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} A 9 5 {heart} 10 6 2 {diam} A Q J 10 2 {club} Q 7.

You open one diamond, your partner bids two clubs, you rebid two diamonds and he jumps to four clubs. What do you say?

Answer: To raise to five clubs would be lazy. Since you have club help, strong diamonds and a side ace, cue-bid four spades, showing the ace and slam interest. (You wouldn't be suggesting spades as trumps at this stage.) If partner holds 8 7 6, 7, K 7, A K J 10 8 5 2, he can bid six clubs.

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