Both sides vulnerable


{spade} K 9 7 3

{heart} A Q 8 5 2

{diam} 6

{club} Q J 3


{spade} Q 10 2

{heart} 6 4 3

{diam} 10 4 2

{club} 10 8 4 2


{spade} A 6 5

{heart} K 10 9 7

{diam} K 9 7

{club} A 7 5


{spade} J 8 4

{heart} J

{diam} A Q J 8 5 3

{club} K 9 6

The bidding: West North EastSouthPass1 {heart} Dbl Redbl2 {club} PassPass3 NT All Pass Opening lead: {club} 2

In the Senior Teams at the ACBL Summer Championships, most players would have passed as East when North opened one heart; the East hand is better for defense. But today's East climbed in with a double -- and gave away some information South put to use.

Against 3NT West led a low club, and East took dummy's queen with the ace; to play low might have beaten the contract. South won the next club in dummy, finessed in diamonds, took the ace and led a third diamond. East won and led a third club to South's king.

South then cashed his good diamonds. East, forced to find three discards, threw a spade and two hearts.

If not for the bidding, South might have tried for his ninth trick by leading a spade to the king or by finessing in hearts. But South knew East had a good hand: South led a heart to dummy's ace and returned the queen.

East won and cashed the ace of spades, but at the 13th trick he had to lead a spade to dummy's king, giving South the contract.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} A 6 5 {heart} K 10 9 7 {diam} K 9 7 {club} A 7 5.

The dealer, at your right, opens one heart. You pass, the next player responds one spade and the opening bidder rebids two hearts. What do you say?

Answer: You still have nowhere to go. A double now would be for penalty, and you can't be sure of defeating two hearts. Moreover, the auction isn't over. For all you know, the next player may be about to bid 3NT. Pass. You may still turn a profit on defense.

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