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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

1NT

Pass 2® Pass 2™

Pass 2NT Pass 3NT

All Pass

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

final contract.

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

t 7

® Q 7

´ Q 7 2

™ Q 5 2

t Q

® A

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

Believe Partner's Signalsby Heather Dhondy

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