Both sides vulnerable


{spade} J

{heart} A Q 6 3

{diam} K Q 10 5

{club} J 6 5 2


{spade} A K Q 8 6

{heart} J 10 9 8 2

{diam} A 6

{club} 9


{spade} 9 7 5 4 2

{heart} 7

{diam} 9 8 4 2

{club} Q 10 7


{spade} 10 3

{heart} K 5 4

{diam} J 7 3

{club} A K 8 4 3

The bidding:WestNorthEastSouth1 {spade} Dbl3 {spade} 4 {club}4 {heart} 5 {club} All Pass Opening lead: {spade} K

I've never seen a fish mounted with its mouth shut, but players often open their mouths in the bidding and get reeled in.

East's jump to three spades was preemptive, and when South bid four clubs, West showed his second suit. North's lift to five clubs was bold.

West shifted to the jack of hearts at Trick Two, and South won in dummy and was sure West had 10 major-suit cards, two diamonds (since he hadn't led a singleton) and one club. Since that club was twice as likely to be the nine or ten as the queen, South led the jack: queen, ace, nine. He ruffed a spade, led a trump to his eight, drew trumps and lost a diamond.

West's four hearts was a bid apt to get him mounted on South's wall. When West "showed his second suit" he showed it to only the opponents. East had done his all when he bid three spades and couldn't act again.

If West bids four spades, North may try five clubs, but South probably won't find the winning play in trumps and will go down.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} 10 3 {heart} K 5 4 {diam} J 7 3 {club} A K 8 4 3.

Your partner opens one spade, you respond two clubs, he bids two diamonds and you try 2NT. Partner then bids three diamonds. What do you say?

Answer: Your partner has signed off; he has five spades and five diamonds but minimum opening values. If he had a stronger hand, he'd have jumped to four diamonds or bid 3NT. Pass. If you don't, you'll be bidding the same values twice and distrusting your partner.

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