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ON BRIDGE

Alfred Sheinwold once suggested that bridge would be easier if a red light were mounted at the table and began to flash when someone had a chance for a good play. Today's deal has a built-in flashing red light.

South took the ace of diamonds, dropping East's king, and drew trumps. He then led a diamond from dummy -- and knew his fate when East showed out. West took the 10 and queen, defeating the slam.

If South decides the king of diamonds is singleton (likely, when West has led the deuce), he can get home. South takes the ace of clubs at Trick Two, ruffs a club, draws trumps, cashes the top hearts, ruffs a heart and ruffs dummy's last club.

South then leads his last heart; and when West discards, South pitches a diamond from dummy. East must then lead a club or a heart, and South ruffs in his hand and throws dummy's last diamond.

The flashing red light? South has more trumps than he needs. With extra trumps, always look for the chance of an end play.

You hold: 5 Q 8 4 Q 10 8 2 K 10 9 5 2. Your partner opens one spade, you respond one no trump, and he rebids two spades. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Pass. Your partner has a minimum opening bid with at least six spades; hence your chances for game are zero, but two spades will be a playable contract. Your hand is far too weak for a bid of two no trump, which would promise a super-maximum one no trump response of about 10 points.

South dealer

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

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