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There's some question whether more Christmas gifts are exchanged yesterday or today; but there is no question declarers can gain by exchanging one loser for another.

South took the ace of spades, drew trumps, led a diamond to dummy and returned a heart to his king. West took the ace and led another spade. South ruffed, cashed the king of diamonds and ruffed a diamond, but lost a diamond and a second heart. Down one.

Maybe South had eaten too much fruitcake: since West bid, vulnerable, he surely had the ace of hearts, and South's play couldn't work.

South must lead a heart to his king and West's ace at Trick Two. South ruffs the spade return, cashes two high trumps, takes the top diamonds and a diamond ruff, returns a heart to his queen and leads a fourth diamond.

When West follows, South can't safely ruff in dummy but can exchange a loser by pitching dummy's last heart. He ruffs West's spade return, ruffs a heart and wins Trick 13 with a high trump.

You hold: 4 K Q 3 K 6 4 3 A K Q 5 4. Dealer, at your right, opens one spade. You double, and your partner responds two hearts. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: You must be careful; your partner may have no points and four poor hearts. But since he may also have as many as seven or eight points, you must not pass; game is possible. Bid three clubs; but if partner next bids three hearts, you'll pass.

South dealer

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

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