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Here's another item from a church newsletter that suggests the secretary was snoozing: "The Committee on World Peace will not meet this week due to a conflict."

There were conflicting opinions, to say the least, after today's deal. South captured East's jack of spades with the queen and let the jack of trumps ride. East won and led ... a diamond: ten, jack, king. South then drew trumps, took the ace of spades, ruffed a spade in dummy and ran his trumps. In the end West couldn't keep the ace of hearts as well as three diamonds, and the conflict erupted.

"Why didn't you lead a heart?" West growled.

"Why didn't you LEAD the ace?" East retorted.

When East took the king of trumps, he could count five trump tricks, two spades and a spade ruff in dummy for South. If South lacked the ace of diamonds, he could never take 12 tricks. But if South had the ace of diamonds, he might succeed unless the defense cashed the ace of hearts.

East should have led a heart at Trick Three.

You hold: 6 3 K Q J K Q 5 2 A Q 9 4. You open 1NT, your partner responds two clubs (Stayman), you bid two diamonds and he next tries two hearts. What do you say?

A: Partner's sequence invites game. Partner has about eight points with a five-card heart suit. He wouldn't bother to bid a four-card suit since your two diamonds denied as many as four hearts. Since you have maximum values and excellent heart support, bid four hearts.

North dealer

N-S vulnerable

6 3
K Q 5 2
A Q 9 4
10 7 4 2
A 10 7 5
J 9 8 3
K J 9 8
9 6 4 3 2
7 6
K 5
A Q 5
A 10 4
J 10 8 6 3 2
North East South West
1 NTPass3 Pass
5 Pass6 All Pass
Opening lead -- 2

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