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I've read about bridge for 40 years, and Eddie Kantar, who has written about it even longer, has given me more pleasure than anyone. Eddie's latest book, "Kantar on Kontract," is a retrospective: memorable deals and stories, many from his own career.

In today's deal, declarer was young French expert Roger Trezel, and West was a woman in a daringly low-cut gown. When she led a club against six hearts, Trezel feared a singleton and put up dummy's ace, dropping East's king. Trezel was then afraid to finesse in trumps: He led to his ace, snaring another king, and made an overtrick.

Kantar tells how East, shaken by the result, complained: "From the moment we sat down at the table, that man was craning his neck, looking unashamedly into my partner's cards. No wonder we didn't make either king."

"Kantar on Kontract," $18.95 postpaid, autographed. Send to Kantar, 2700 Neilson Way 334, Santa Monica CA 90405.

To come: more ideas for your partner's holiday gift.

You hold: 8 3 A Q J 7 4 A Q Q J 10 4. Your partner opens one club, and the next player passes. What do you say?

A: Jump to two hearts, intending to support the clubs next. When your hand has such great slam potential, it's best to tell partner immediately. If he has a suitable minimum such as A 7 2, K 3, 7 6 5 4, A K 8 6, he'll be a big favorite for 12 tricks at clubs. But if you respond one heart, it won't be as easy for him to visualize a slam.

South dealer

Both sides vulnerable

A K 7
10 9 8 2
A 9 7 6 2
10 6 5 4 2
K 10 8 5
8 5 3
Q J 9
6 5 3
J 9 7 6 4 2
8 3
A Q J 7 4
Q J 10 4
South West North East
1 Pass2 Pass
3 Pass3 Pass
4 Pass6 All Pass
Opening lead -- 3

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