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"All you had to do was draw trumps," North told his partner; but South stared at him as if he were crazy. Was North right or was he crazy?

East took three hearts and led a trump. Hoping for a crossruff, South took only the A-Q of trumps. He next cashed the ace of clubs and ruffed a club, but East overruffed for the setting trick.

"You quit drawing trumps too soon," North repeated.

"But if I draw a third trump," South protested, "I'm a trick short. I get only seven trump tricks and two aces."

Suppose South leads the jack of trumps after taking the A-Q of trumps. West must reduce to seven cards -- four of one minor suit and three of the other.

If West saves three diamonds, South overtakes the jack of trumps with dummy's king, ruffs a diamond, ruffs a club in dummy and ruffs another diamond. Dummy is then high. If West saves three clubs, South wins with the jack of trumps, ruffs a club, ruffs a diamond and ruffs another club to set up his own hand.

You hold: A Q J 7 3 6 3 2 None A 10 4 3 2. Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade, and he rebids two hearts. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: This hand is too good to raise to four hearts; if partner has six good hearts and the king of spades, he may take 13 tricks. Bid three clubs, planning to raise hearts next. You'll promise slam interest (since you didn't bid game earlier) and diamond shortness.

East dealer

Both sides vulnerable
K 6 5 4 2
J 5 4
A 6 5 3 2
Q J 9 8 4
K Q J 9 7 6 5
10 9 8
A K Q 10 8 7
K 10 7
A Q J 7 3
6 3 2
A 10 4 3 2
East South West North
1 1 2 4
All Pass
Opening lead -- 9

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