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If he dances well to whom fortune pipes, the player we call Harlow the Halo is the reincarnation of Arthur Murray. Meanwhile, we suspect Unlucky Louie once had a wreck with somebody who was delivering a whole truckload of mirrors.

In today's deal from a club team-of-four match, Louie and Harlow both became declarer at 6NT and received a spade opening lead. Louie played the slam well. He ducked a heart at the second trick. He won the spade return and cashed the A-K of hearts. When hearts broke 3-3, Louie had 12 tricks.

Harlow, in contrast, confidently relied on the luck for which he's noted. He won the first spade in dummy and immediately led a club to his jack. The finesse won, and Harlow claimed.

Louie gave himself two chances. If the hearts had broken badly, he could have finessed in clubs. But if Harlow's club finesse had lost, he'd have had no second chance.

"If I were reincarnated," Louie grumbled to me, "with my luck I'd come back as myself."

You hold: K 6 2 6 5 4 K 9 6 5 A K J. Your partner opens one heart, you respond 2NT and he rebids three hearts. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Your partner has expressed doubt about notrump, and you have no cause to disagree. You have three-card heart support and prime values. A mastermind insists on 3NT, but a disciplined player raises to four hearts or maybe tries an "advance cue bid" of four clubs as a mild slam suggestion.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable
A Q 5
A K 3 2
4 3 2
10 9 8 7
J 9 7
10 8 7
10 6 5
J 4 3
Q 10 8
4 3 2
Q 9 8 7
K 6 2
6 5 4
K 9 6 5
South West North East
1 Pass1 Pass
1 NTPass6 NTAll Pass
Opening lead -- 10

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