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At the ACBL Summer Championships, most North-South pairs got to four hearts. In today's auction North's double was "negative," promising values but no good bid. When North raised South's three hearts to game, East was delighted -- enough to double.

South took the ace of clubs and the ace of diamonds and let the queen of spades ride. He cashed the king of diamonds, ruffed a diamond, ruffed a club and pitched a spade from dummy on a good diamond. East ruffed and led the king of spades.

South took the ace, ruffed a spade in dummy for his eighth trick and led a club. He had the A-9 of trumps in dummy and J-7-6 in his hand, and East couldn't stop him from winning two more trump tricks.

Many Souths made four hearts doubled. Avoid doubling your opponents with a trump stack but little else when your partner has preempted. He may contribute nothing to the defense, and your double will guide declarer's play. A double that can gain 100 points or lose 790 is a bad bet.

You hold: Q J 7 A 9 3 2 A 8 5 4 3 2. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart and he bids two clubs. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Bid 2NT, promising about 11 points with balanced pattern and at least one trick in spades, the unbid suit. A raise to three clubs would not be a terrible action, but you should aim toward the nine-trick game. If partner's hand is distributional, you can still play at a suit contract.

South dealer.

N-S vulnerable.

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

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