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ON BRIDGE

In a small town (like mine), your friends, neighbors and relatives are the same people, Third Street is at the city limits and it's harder to find temptation than resist it.

Temptation can trouble declarers wherever they live. South ruffed the third diamond and took the K-Q of trumps. When West showed out, South led a club to the king and returned a club. East discarded, and South won and ruffed a club with dummy's last trump.

East discarded again, and South was sunk. He ruffed a spade and led a high club; but East ruffed, forced South to ruff a diamond with the ace of trumps and won the setting trick with the jack.

South must resist the temptation to draw trumps too soon: he tests the clubs at Trick Four. If clubs broke 3-2, South would cash three high trumps next and run the clubs, losing two diamonds and a trump at most.

When East discards on the second club, South ruffs a club in dummy. He keeps control and wins ten tricks no matter how East defends.

You hold: A 8 7 6 3 K 9 3 K 3 2 K 7. Your partner opens one heart, you bid one spade and he next bids two diamonds. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Bid four hearts. Since partner surely has at least five hearts, you can place the contract. You might have bid one spade with a somewhat weaker hand; hence a jump to three hearts now would be invitational, not forcing. With your actual hand, you must insist on game.

North dealer

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

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