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3NT would have been an attractive contract for North-South, though on a foul day East would have led a diamond from A-J-9-5-4. The actual four hearts looked hopeless, off two clubs and two diamonds, even though the weather was fair.

South ruffed the third diamond, drew trumps and led the ace and another club, hoping for a miracle (K-Q doubleton with either defender). It wasn't a miracle day, and down he went.

Maybe you and your partner would reach 3NT, but how would you play four hearts?

South should try for a "partial elimination." After ruffing the third diamond, he draws just two trumps, cashes the spades to discard a club, and leads the ace and a low club. As it happens, East wins and must lead a diamond or a spade, and South pitches his last club, ruffs in dummy and claims the rest.

Since South had semibalanced pattern, he could have tried 3NT over North's three hearts. North would be happy to pass, but then, as they say, there'd be no story.

You hold: K 5 A Q J 10 4 8 3 A 5 3 2. You open one heart, your partner responds one spade, you bid two clubs and he returns to two hearts. What do you say?

A: Your partner promises fewer than 10 points and only a doubleton heart. (With better heart support and six to nine points, he'd have raised to two hearts at his first turn even if he had a spade suit.) Pass. You may need all of partner's values to take eight tricks.

North dealer

N-S vulnerable

K 9 8
Q 7 2
J 7 6 4
9 6 3
7 6 3
K J 10 6
Q 10 8
10 8 7 4 2
5 2
A 9 5 4
K 9
K 5
A Q J 10 4
8 3
A 5 3 2
North East South West
1 Pass1 Pass
1 NTPass3 Pass
3 Pass4 All Pass
Opening lead -- J

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