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You're today's declarer, but first you can try to beat your own game. Look at the West hand and the bidding and pick an opening lead against four spades.

The actual West led the king of hearts. South took the ace, led a club to his ace and ruffed a club with dummy's six of trumps. East overruffed and returned a trump, and South was sunk. He could ruff two clubs in dummy and win four trumps in his hand plus three side aces, but that meant down one.

South succeeds with a careful crossruff. He ruffs a heart at Trick Two, cashes the ace of clubs, leads a diamond to the ace and ruffs a heart.

South then ruffs a club with dummy's king, ruffs a heart, ruffs a club with the ace and ruffs another heart with his last trump. He has won nine tricks, and dummy still has the 7-6 of trumps for one more.

Although a trump opening lead looks like a killer, South still has a route to 10 tricks. The winning lead is a diamond. If you found it, how about playing sometime?

You hold: 4 K Q J K 10 6 K J 8 7 6 4. You open one club, your partner bids one heart, you raise to two hearts and he next bids two spades. What do you say?

A: Partner's two spades is, as far as you know, a try for game. You must bid again, but since you have minimum high-card values, you can't make an aggressive move. A return to three hearts would suggest four-card support, and a bid of 2NT is unattractive with no aces. Rebid three clubs.

North dealer

Both sides vulnerable

A K 7 6
A 7 6 5 3
A 5 3
K 10 6
K J 8 7 6 4
8 5 3 2
10 9 4 2
Q J 9 4
Q J 10 9
8 7 2
A 9 5 3 2
1 Pass1 2
3 Pass4 All Pass
Opening lead -- Choose it

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