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ON BRIDGE

"Must be nice to have a Guardian Angel," North told his partner after today's deal.

West took two hearts and led a third heart, and South ruffed hopefully with dummy's eight of trumps. East overruffed with the nine and led the queen of diamonds, and South took the king and ace and ruffed a diamond, hoping for a 3-3 break. When instead West threw a heart, South was faced with a losing club.

South postponed the inevitable by cashing his trumps -- and here came the benevolent angel. South's last three cards were the K-5-3 of clubs, and dummy had the A-6 of clubs and a diamond. Since East had to keep the jack of diamonds, he could hold only two clubs; and South's five of clubs won the last trick.

At the other table of the match, South preferred to save his angel angel
At the other table of the match, South preferred to save his angelfor a tougher hand. Instead of ruffing the third heart, South threw a club from dummy.

West then led a trump; and South took the A-K of trumps and A-K of clubs and ruffed his last club in dummy.

You hold: 8 3 2 J 2 A K 9 8 3 A 6 4. You open one diamond, and your partner responds one heart. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Bid one no trump, promising 12 to 15 points with balanced distribution. (You don't guarantee a trick in spades.) To rebid two diamonds would be an error since you'd suggest a six-card or longer suit. It's permissible but never desirable to rebid a suit of only five cards.

North dealer

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

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