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ON BRIDGE

In 1988, Matt and Pamela Granovetter, young marrieds and top players, began an ambitious undertaking: a magazine called "Bridge Today" with something for all players. It's still going strong, a deserved success.

In a "Bridge Today" article, a writer points out that East must play low on the first spade no matter what dummy plays; South surely has A-J-9. It's a good lesson for beginners: before playing "third hand high" or "cover an honor," consider what you may gain and lose.

In an editorial aside, the Granovetters note that South can still make 6NT if he sees all four hands. He takes three spades (West throws a heart), cashes three hearts, forcing West to pitch a diamond, and takes three diamonds. South next takes the king of clubs and leads a club to his eight to end-play West.

You hold: Q 10 8 4 K 9 7 A 10 2 K 7 4. Your partner opens one club, you bid one spade and he rebids two clubs. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Partner has limited his strength and described his hand: he promises six or more clubs but minimum values. Since it's now up to you to place the contract, bid 3NT. If partner has no more than six clubs headed by the A-Q-J and the ace of hearts, you'll start with nine easy tricks.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable
NORTH
Q 10 8 4
K 9 7
A 10 2
K 7 4
WEST
6 2
10 8 4
J 8 6 3
Q 10 9 5
EAST
K 7 5 3
6 5 3 2
7 5 4
6 3
SOUTH
A J 9
A Q J
K Q 9
A J 8 2
South West North East
2NT Pass 6NT All Pass
Opening lead -- 6

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