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Bob Hamman, the world's top-ranked player, has had a 40-year career filled with major titles. Hamman was today's West in a Bermuda Bowl. To test your defense against his, cover the East and South cards.

Hamman led a heart against 3NT: three, jack, queen. South led a club to dummy, East playing the four, and returned a spade: deuce, queen, king. How should West defend?

In the same position at the other table, West led the king of hearts, and South won and cashed the king of clubs. When East discarded, South knew he could win only four club tricks. After taking two more clubs, he tried a spade to dummy's ten. The spades lay perfectly, and South was home.

Hamman returned a spade when he took the king of spades, removing one of South's options. South could have finessed with the ten, but he expected the clubs to run, giving him six clubs, two hearts and a spade.

So South took the ace, led a heart to his ace and cashed the king of clubs -- and down he went.

You hold: A 10 7 4 3 9 6 3 10 9 6 5 A. Your partner opens one heart, and the next player passes. What do you say?

A: You have a close judgment call. If you feel the hand is worth at most nine points, bid two hearts. If instead you feel it's worth 10 or more points (I do), temporize with a response of one spade. If partner rebids two hearts or bids two of a minor suit, you'll bid three hearts. If he bids 1NT, you'll correct to two hearts.

South dealer

E-W vulnerable

A 10 7 4 3
9 6 3
10 9 6 5
K J 8
K 10 7 5
10 9 8 7 5
9 6 2
J 8 2
A K J 8 3 2
Q 5
A Q 4
Q 4
K Q J 6 3 2
South West North East
1 Pass1 Pass
3 Pass3 Pass
3 NTAll Pass
Opening lead -- 5

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