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N/S Game. Dealer West.

´ K 5

™ J 7 3 2

t 7 5

® A Q 10 6 2

´ A J

™ K 10 8 6 5

t A K 2

® 8 4 3

West North East South

Pass Pass 1´ 1NT

2t 3® Pass 3NT

All Pass

PLAYING teams, what call do you make with the

South cards after East's third-in-hand opening bid

of 1´?

Your choices are 1NT or 2™, and neither is ideal.

1NT gets across your values and approximate

distribution, but your spade guard is not great, and

you might lose a heart fit. On the other hand, your

heart suit is rather weak for a two-level overcall and

you have plenty outside. Our declarer chose 1NT,

which would also be my choice. Partner's 3® was

forcing, since they were playing Lebensohl, so a 2NT

bid, demanding 3® from partner, would have been

the way North would have shown a competitive 3®

call. Over this South should probably have shown

his hearts, given the weakness of his spade stopper,

but he decided to reveal as little as possible to the

opponents and simply bid 3NT. 4™ had been

defeated at the other table.

The lead was a spade, and South must have been

thankful to see a second stopper in partner's hand.

He won in dummy and tried a heart to the king.

Unfortunately for him, West discarded a diamond.

Although there was no longer time to establish

hearts, four tricks in clubs would see him home.

How would you tackle this suit?

This is the position you have reached:

´ 5

™ J 7 3

t 7 5

® A Q 10 6 2

´ A

™ 10 8 6 5

t A K 2

® 8 4 3

You need to begin by working out West's

distribution. He must hold only three spades since

he didn't support his partner, and presumably only

six diamonds since he didn't pre-empt. You know he

has a void in hearts, so that leaves him with four

clubs. The only danger comes if you insert the

queen or ten from dummy and lose to the wrong

singleton honour. Can you think of a way to

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