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Players from dozens of nations attended the ACBL Fall Championships. Mexico's Magy Mohan produced a fine defensive play as today's West.

At six spades, South took the ace of diamonds, led a trump to dummy, ruffed the last diamond, returned a trump to dummy and led a heart, ducking East's jack. South ruffed the heart return in dummy, led a trump to his hand and ruffed another heart -- and on this trick Mohan followed with the ace!

South thought his efforts to count the East-West hands had succeeded. He placed West with one trump, three hearts and five or six diamonds, hence three clubs and maybe four. So South played West for the queen of clubs -- and went down.

South misplayed: He can maneuver to lead hearts four times, finding that West has A-Q-8-7. South may then go right in clubs since West might have doubled one spade with 3, A Q 8 7, K J 9 7 6, Q 3 2. That takes nothing away from Mohan's falsecard: If she keeps her ace, South will be far more likely to make the slam.

You hold: A K 10 8 6 4 2 10 2 K J 10 9. You open one spade, your partner bids two diamonds, you rebid two spades and he tries 2NT. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Your values are minimum, but you shouldn't accept 2NT as a contract with such a shapely hand. Bid three clubs, suggesting six spades and four clubs (or perhaps five spades and five clubs). Your partner will have many options, but he must not bid 3NT.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable

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

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