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When Richard Pavlicek Sr. and Jr. won the Life Master Pairs at the ACBL Fall Championships, they became the first father-and-son duo to take that venerable title.

Pavlicek Jr. was today's West, defending against South's contract of six diamonds. When Rich led a club, South won in dummy and led a trump to his queen.

Suppose West takes the king and leads a spade. South wins with the king, takes the ace of hearts, ruffs a heart with dummy's last trump, ruffs a club and draws all the trumps with the fortunate 3-3 break. South can then lead a spade to dummy and run the clubs to fulfill the contract.

But when South finessed in trumps at Trick Two, Pavlicek Jr. ducked smoothly. South could have succeeded by leading the ace and another trump next, but instead he led a spade to dummy's queen and a second trump to his jack.

This time West took his king and led a spade, and South was doomed: His communication with dummy was gone. Eventually, he went down two.

You hold: K 10 A J 7 3 2 A Q J 8 4 7. You open one heart, your partner bids one spade, you try two diamonds and he bids 2NT. What do you say?

A: You can accept partner's game invitation, but you have no attractive bid. A rebid of three diamonds would show no game interest. A rebid of three hearts would suggest a far better suit. A bid of three spades would show three-card support. Raise to 3NT.

North dealer

E-W vulnerable

A Q 6 2
6 5
A K Q 8 3 2
8 5 4
K 10 5
K 7 3
10 9 6 5
J 9 7 3
9 8 6 4
10 9 2
J 4
K 10
A J 7 3 2
A Q J 8 4
North East South West
1 Pass1 Pass
2 Pass3 Pass
3 Pass4 Pass
4 NTPass5 Pass
6 All Pass
Opening lead -- 6

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