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DAILY BRIDGE CLUB

Look at the West cards and auction in today's deal from the 2004 Fall Championships. Would you have doubled South at four spades?

After the actual West doubled, he led a heart. South took the top hearts, ruffed a heart, led a diamond to the queen and cashed the ace. He next ruffed dummy's last heart with the queen of trumps, and West overruffed and led a diamond. South threw a club from dummy, ruffed in his hand and took the jack of trumps. He led a club, and West discarded instead of ruffing a loser: Dummy's ace won.

East won the next club, but West's last three cards were the 10-9-7 of trumps while dummy had A-8-6. When East led a club, West ruffed with the ten, but dummy underruffed and won the last two tricks. Making four.

A double based on a stack in trumps is often a loser since it warns declarer of the bad split, but West would survive by discarding at Trick Six instead of overruffing with his king of trumps. South would have to lose four tricks in all.

You hold: K 10 9 7 5 Q 9 8 K 10 7 5 2 None. Your partner opens one club, you bid one spade and he rebids two clubs. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Your partner promises six or more clubs and minimum opening values. You may have a better contract than two clubs, but to look for it may lead you down a slippery slope to disaster: A bid of two diamonds would be forcing. Pass. When the deal seems to be a misfit, stop bidding.

South dealer

E-W vulnerable

NORTH
A 8 6 2
A 7 6 5
A Q
A 7 5
WEST
K 10 9 7 5
Q 9 8
K 10 7 5 2
None
EAST
None
J 10 4 3
9 8 6 3
K J 9 8 6
SOUTH
Q J 4 3
K 2
J 4
Q 10 4 3 2
South West North East
PassPass1 Pass
1 Pass3 Pass
4 DblAll Pass
Opening lead -- 8

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