N-S vulnerable


{spade} 10 7 3

{heart} K 7

{diam} 9 4 2

{club} A K 10 7 3


{spade} K J 9 2

{heart} 10 5 4 2

{diam} K 6 5

{club} 6 4


{spade} Q 6 4

{heart} J 9 8

{diam} Q 10 8 3

{club} Q 8 5


{spade} A 8 5

{heart} A Q 6 3

{diam} A J 7

{club} J 9 2

The bidding: South WestNorthEast1 NT Pass3 NT All Pass Opening lead: {spade} 2

If opportunity doesn't knock, you can always build a door. But avoid building one for your opponents.

West led the deuce of spades against 3NT. When East played the queen, South held up his ace.

East huddled. If West had the A-K of spades, East could expect four spade tricks and the queen of clubs, but if South had the ace of spades, East couldn't prevail with a spade continuation. South would win and set up the clubs, and the defense would get only four tricks in all.

So East shifted to the ten of diamonds, a "surrounding" play. (To lead low wouldn't work.) South's jack covered, and West took the king and returned a diamond. When South won and finessed in clubs, East won and took two diamonds for down one.

South built a door of opportunity for East by ducking the first spade. West's deuce suggested only a four-card suit, so South was more at risk from a diamond shift. South must grab the first spade and start the clubs. He loses three spades and a club.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} 10 7 3 {heart} K 7 {diam} 9 4 2 {club} A K 10 7 3.

Dealer, at your left, opens one heart. Your partner doubles and the next player bids two hearts. What do you say?

Answer: Since your partner suggests opening values or more with support for the unbid suits, you may have a game. The most likely game is 3NT, where a heart opening lead will make a winner of your king. Bid 2NT, inviting game. If partner has a hand such as A Q 6 2, 5 4, A Q 6 5, Q 6 5, he'll bid 3NT.

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