Neither side vulnerable


{spade} K J 4

{heart} Q 8 5 4

{diam} A K 5 2

{club} Q 5


{spade} 7 5

{heart} 6 3

{diam} Q J 9 7

{club} J 10 9 4 3


{spade} Q 10 9 6 3

{heart} 7

{diam} 10 8

{club} K 8 7 6 2


{spade} A 8 2

{heart} A K J 10 9 2

{diam} 6 4 3

{club} A

The bidding: North EastSouthWest1 NT Pass3 {heart} Pass 3 {spade} Pass4 {club} Pass4 {diam} Pass6 {heart} All Pass Opening lead: {club} J

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Australian Ron Klinger produced today's deal. Against six hearts, West leads the jack of clubs, and South wins and draws trumps. The slam seems to depend on a friendly diamond break or a winning spade finesse, but if South leads the A-K and a third diamond, hoping for a 3-3 break, East discards. Then South must try the spade finesse, which fails.

Klinger provides the best play. After South takes the top diamonds, he leads the queen of clubs. When East's king covers, South throws his last diamond: a loser-on-loser.

East is stuck: A club return concedes a ruff-sluff, and a spade yields a free finesse. If the diamonds were 3-3, East could lead a diamond, but South would ruff, making dummy's last diamond good.

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Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} 7 5 {heart} 6 3 {diam} Q J 9 7 {club} J 10 9 4 3.

With neither side vulnerable, your partner opens one club, and the next player doubles. What do you say?

Answer: If your partner has a minimum opening bid, the opponents may have a game. You must try to make it hard for them to find a trump suit and bid accurately. Jump to three clubs. This bid is preemptive; if you had a strong hand, you'd start with a redouble and support the clubs later.

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