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After taking the top clubs, West led a third club; and South won in dummy, discarding his diamond loser. South next took the ace of trumps and the ace of hearts, ruffed a heart and led the jack of trumps.

South's punishment was swift and sure. East took the king of trumps and led a third heart; and whether South ruffed low or with the queen, West was sure to get the setting trick with the 10 of trumps.

South must pitch a heart on the third club. He takes the ace of trumps, ruffs a heart and leads the jack of trumps to East. South can safely ruff the next heart, draw trumps, and reach dummy with a high diamond to discard his losing diamond.

West's club lead at Trick Three could gain nothing. He should switch to the deuce of hearts as though trying for a heart trick.

South wins in dummy, cashes the ace of trumps and almost surely ruffs a heart to lead the jack of spades to East's king. Now East leads a third heart to promote West's 10 of trumps.

You hold: K 4 Q J 9 8 5 3 Q 6 9 8 7. Your partner opens one heart, and the next player passes. What do you say?

A: Bid four hearts. Since the opponents hold two hearts at most, your side may not win a heart trick on defense. If the hand "belongs" to the opponents, you may gain by shutting them out of the bidding; but if you try too hard, you may push them into a laydown slam.

North dealer

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

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