N-S vulnerable

NORTH

{spade} 6

{heart} J 7 4

{diam} K J 9 7 6 5

{club} A 10 3

WEST

{spade} A 10 9 7 5 3

{heart} 10

{diam} Q 10 3

{club} 9 7 6

EAST

{spade} K Q J

{heart} Q 8 6 5 3

{diam} 8 2

{club} 8 4 2

SOUTH (D)

{spade} 8 4 2

{heart} A K 9 2

{diam} A 4

{club} K Q J 5

The bidding: South West NorthEast1 NT 2 {club} 3 {spade} Pass 4 {heart}All Pass Opening lead: {heart} 10

At the ACBL Summer Championships, North-South landed at a risky four hearts. West's bid of two clubs artificially showed a one-suited hand. North's three spades showed a singleton spade. (Assuming North's bid was correct, it seems South might have bid more since she had no wasted spade honors.)

Declarer, Mary Oshlag, covered the trump opening lead with dummy's jack and took East's queen. She led a spade, and East won and returned a trump to declarer's ace.

West discarded, but Oshlag still found a way home. She ruffed a spade, cashed three clubs and the top diamonds, and led another diamond. If East discarded, Oshlag would ruff with the deuce of trumps and take the nine for 10 tricks. So East ruffed, but South threw her last spade.

If East then led a spade, South would again score two trump tricks for 10 in all. So East led a trump, but Oshlag took the nine and led a high club. Whether East ruffed with his last trump or discarded, South would win one more trick.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} A 10 9 7 5 3 {heart} 10 {diam} Q 10 3 {club} 9 7 6.

Your partner opens 1NT, and the next player passes. What do you say?

Answer: Here's another commercial for "transfer" responses to 1NT. Game is possible, and the way to invite game is to bid two hearts, forcing partner to bid two spades. Then raise to three spades, showing a six-card suit with six or seven points. Without transfers, this hand is, to say the least, awkward to describe.

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