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ON BRIDGE

I was today's South, playing on OKbridge, an Internet club. North meant his bid of five clubs to show the king as a try for slam; I thought he was offering me a choice of games and decided to play at clubs with (I thought) a 4-4 trump fit; then I could throw spades from dummy on my diamonds.

East took the king of hearts and led the ace, forcing me to ruff. Since I needed a 3-3 trump break to have a chance, I led a trump to dummy, ruffed a heart, cashed the ace of trumps and led to the king of diamonds to take the king of trumps.

When both defenders followed, I could run the diamonds for a lucky 11 tricks. North and I couldn't claim we knew what we were doing (note that five clubs is the only game with a chance) but we enjoyed the result.

Did you spot East's error? He should lead a passive trump at Trick Two. When East led a second heart, he helped me manage my "dummy reversal."

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You hold: A 8 4 7 A Q J 10 6 A J 7 4. You open one diamond, and your partner bids one spade. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: With Standard bidding methods, this is a nasty problem. Bid two clubs and hope partner doesn't pass when you can make a game. A jump to three clubs commits you to game no matter what sort of ragged six-point response he may have, but I'd heap no criticism on you if you risked that bid.

North dealer

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

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