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6™ either. Consider what this auction must have

looked like to South, and take your last guess:

West North East South

3® Pass

3´ 3NT 4´ ?

Naturally enough, South didn't place his partner

with a balanced 21 count. If he had that, there

wasn't any need for him to bid over 3´, which was

forcing - he could take a position on the next round

of bidding. Instead, South reasoned that his partner

must have a couple of black-suit stoppers and a

running diamond suit. So South bid - and well

done if you guessed it before now - 5t.

North, of course, thought that South was bidding

his own diamonds, so he passed. East, who had

quite a lot of potential defence to diamonds,

doubled. South stuck to his view of his partner's

hand and passed, West saw no reason to disturb 5t

doubled, and neither did North. And so it came to

pass that North-South at the other table, who were

trying pretty hard to do something calamitous, were

able to write 18 IMPs in the plus column.

I suppose that if North's 3NT really was based on

what South believed, he might have bid 4NT - he

did have an ace and a king to contribute, and if that

wasn't enough for ten tricks there might not be

eleven in diamonds either. But it is not easy to avoid

disaster when your opponents are guarded by

angels. Or proto-biscuits. r

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