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Today's East thought every dogma has its day. Hence when South played dummy's jack on the first heart, East grabbed the ace and hastened to return his partner's lead.

South took the queen of hearts, led a diamond to dummy and returned the 10 of clubs, losing a finesse. He won the next heart in dummy and cashed three clubs and three more diamonds, fulfilling the contract. South next led a spade and made an overtrick when East had the ace.

It wasn't a day for dogma (and seldom is). East can't beat the contract with a heart return. If West has the queen of hearts, he can't also have an entry since there aren't that many points in the deck. South will refuse the second heart and win the third, isolating West's hearts.

East must instead hope West has an entry plus the 10 of spades. If East shifts to a low spade at Trick Two, West's 10 forces an honor from dummy. When South loses the club finesse, West leads another spade, and East takes three spade tricks.

You hold: 10 7 2 10 9 8 7 3 10 3 K 5 4. Dealer, at your left, opens one club. Your partner doubles, you bid one heart and he raises to three hearts. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: This decision is closer than it may seem. Partner thinks you'll win nine tricks, and your hand is not totally worthless since you have a fifth trump that will produce a trick. Pass; but if your king of clubs were any other king, you'd bid game.

South dealer

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

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