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ON BRIDGE

In Canada vs. Chile at the 1997 World Teams, the contract was five diamonds at both tables. Chile's declarer got the lead of the ace of hearts, giving him a cakewalk; but Canada's Paul Thurston had to cope with the lead of the queen of clubs.

Give yourself the edge of looking at all four hands -- Thurston saw only two -- to find a route to 11 tricks. East, remember, has great length in clubs.

Thurston took the ace, cashed a high trump and started the spades: ace, king, spade ruff. When East discarded, declarer could set up only one spade winner in dummy and seemed sure to lose two hearts and a club.

Thurston got back to dummy with a trump, led another spade -- and pitched a club, a loser-on-loser play. West won and had only hearts left. He led a low heart; but South took the king, led a trump to dummy and threw his last club on the good spade.

Thurston could then concede a heart and ruff his last heart in dummy to fulfill the contract. Well done!

You hold: A K 7 4 2 8 4 A 10 8 6 A 4. Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade and he then bids two clubs. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Partner has 12 to 18 points with at least five hearts and at least four clubs. Since you can't place the contract yet, bid two diamonds, forcing. If partner next bids, say, two hearts, suggesting a good hand with six hearts and four clubs, you can try for slam.

North dealer

Neither side vulnerable
NORTH
A K 7 4 2
8 4
A 10 8 6
A 4
WEST
Q 9 6 5
A Q 9 6 3 2
7 5
Q
EAST
10 3
J 10
9 2
K J 10 7 6 5 2
SOUTH
J 8
K 7 5
K Q J 4 3
9 8 3
North East South West
1 3 3 Pass
4 Dbl Pass Pass
4 Pass 5 All Pass
Opening lead -- Q

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