Love All. Dealer South.
´ A K J
™ J 9 3
t 7 5 3
® Q 9 7 4
´ Q 8 7 2
™ Q 5 2
t K Q J
® A J 5
West North East South
Pass 2® Pass 2™
Pass 2NT Pass 3NT
PLAYING teams, South opens 1NT. What call do
you make with the North cards?
Playing four-suit transfers, your only way to
invite is by using Stayman even if you do not have a
four-card major. Bid 2®, and over partner's 2™
response you can rebid 2NT. This should deny a
four-card major since with spades you could have
bid 2´. Partner raises to 3NT and this becomes the
Now take the East seat.
West leads the ten of diamonds. As East, you play
the jack and this holds the trick. You continue with
the king of diamonds which South takes with the
ace, partner following with the two, and plays a
spade to the ace. Now comes a club to the king and
a low club to the nine and your jack, partner
following upwards. How do you defend?
This is the position at this point:
´ K J
™ J 9 3
® Q 7
´ Q 7 2
™ Q 5 2
What do you know about the hand? The bidding
tells you that South holds all the outstanding high
cards, but what about the distribution? Partner's
signalling in the minors indicates that he holds four
diamonds and three clubs, and the bidding tells you
declarer has four hearts. This means that declarer
must have begun with a 3-4-3-3 shape. The only
relevant card that you do not know about is the ten
of hearts, and partner will need to hold this to break
the contract. You can cash your minor suit winners,
but then you will need to switch to a major suit.
If you switch to hearts, declarer will run this to
the jack in dummy as this is his only hope, and he
will have four heart tricks to go with his two spades,
two clubs, and a diamond giving him nine tricks.
10 English Bridge February 2015 www.ebu.co.uk
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