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ON BRIDGE

As today's declarer, you expect East to have the ace of diamonds; he did open the bidding. To make the contract, you must expect the unexpected.

South took the ace of hearts and cashed the king of trumps, expecting a normal 3-1 or 2-2 break. When East discarded, South took two more high trumps and led a diamond, playing low from dummy. East won and led a heart, and South ruffed and ducked another diamond, hoping East's ace would fall. Instead, East took the queen and led another heart; and South had to lose a club. Down one.

To cope with the surprise trump break, South must set up the diamonds to throw a club. He leads a diamond from dummy at Trick Two while the king of trumps is an entry.

East wins and leads a heart; and South ruffs and cashes the ace of trumps. When East discards, South ducks a diamond, ruffs the next heart, leads a trump to dummy and ruffs a diamond. Later he gets to dummy with the king of clubs to pitch a club on a good diamond.

You hold: K 5 A J 4 K 7 6 4 3 K 6 3. You open one diamond, your partner responds one spade, you next bid one no trump and he tries two hearts. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Bid two spades. Partner surely has five spades but may have only four hearts; with four cards in each major suit, he'd respond one heart. You may have only seven trumps at either major suit, but a 5-2 fit will usually be easier to manage than a 4-3.

East dealer

Both sides vulnerable
NORTH
K 5
A J 4
K 7 6 4 3
K 6 3
WEST
J 9 8 3
8 7 2
10 9 5
Q 10 8
EAST
None
K Q 10 9 6 3
A Q J
J 9 7 2
SOUTH
A Q 10 7 6 4 2
5
8 2
A 5 4
East South West North
1 1 Pass 2 NT
Pass 4 All Pass
Opening lead -- 2

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