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ON BRIDGE

East took the ace and queen of spades but then looked gloomily at the strong dummy. Finally he mumbled "Where there's a will, there's a way" and led a trump "up to weakness."

West took South's king with the ace and led a club; but South won with the ace, drew trumps and led the queen of hearts to finesse. East's king took the defenders' last trick, since South could pitch a club on a good heart in dummy.

East can defeat the contract -- but his was a case of "Where there's a can, there's a won't." To start, East must count defensive tricks: he has two spades and can hope for one heart; but even if West can contribute a trump trick, the defense will need a club.

Since South will set up dummy's hearts for discards, East must hurry: he must shift to a club "up to strength" at Trick Three. West's ten forces out an honor from dummy, and when South leads a trump next, West wins and leads another club. Then East can cash a club when he takes the king of hearts.

You hold: A Q 7 4 3 K 5 10 2 Q 7 5 3. Your partner opens one heart, you bid one spade and he rebids two hearts. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: You have enough strength to invite game but not to bid game yourself. Raise to three hearts. Since partner's two hearts suggests a six-card suit, your support is adequate. A bid of three clubs would be forcing and would get you to game even if partner has minimum values.

South dealer

Both sides vulnerable
NORTH
K 5
A J 10 6 2
9 4 3
A K 9
WEST
J 9 6 2
9 8 7 3
A 6
J 10 2
EAST
A Q 7 4 3
K 5
10 2
Q 7 5 3
SOUTH
10 8
Q 4
K Q J 8 7 5
8 6 4
SouthWestNorthEast
Pass Pass 1 1
2 2 2NT Pass
3 All Pass
Opening lead -- 2

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