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Today's deal from "Competitive Bidding" shows the power of preemption. If East kept silent, North-South might reach 3NT and make it, but East's preempt robs them of vital bidding room.

South could survive by trying 3NT, but if he bids three spades, North has an awkward decision. Whether North lifts to four spades or rebids four clubs (which South would raise to five clubs), North-South will go minus.

At four spades, South can pitch losers on dummy's clubs but loses three trump tricks and a club. At five clubs, East can get a spade ruff to beat that contract. If East played at three diamonds, he wouldn't be hurt badly.

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You hold: K 6 A K 8 7 5 2 Q J 10 9 7. You open one club, your partner responds one spade, you bid 1NT and he tries two hearts. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Bid two spades. Partner promises at least five spades but may have only four hearts. With four cards in each major, he'd respond one heart. Your "false preference" gives him another chance to bid, but if he passes, he should do better at a 5-2 fit than at a 4-3 fit.

North dealer

Both sides vulnerable

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

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