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It’s exceptional how gamers can overlook the importance of an public sale from two minutes earlier. As we speak’s South performed at 4 spades after West had opened the bidding. When West led the king of hearts, South gained and drew trumps. He subsequent led a diamond to the ace and returned a membership to his queen.
West took the king, cashed two hearts and led the king of diamonds. South ruffed, however when he tried a membership to dummy’s ten, East produced the jack for down one.
South should have forgotten the bidding, which marked West with the king of golf equipment. Might you do higher?
South can take the ace of diamonds at Trick Two, ruff a diamond, draw trumps and ruff dummy’s final diamond. He then exits with a coronary heart.
West can take two hearts and lead a fourth coronary heart, however South discards a membership from dummy as an alternative of ruffing: a loser on a loser. West should lead a membership from the king or concede a ruff-sluff.
You maintain: S A Okay 10 7 four H A 7 three 2 D J C Q 5 2. Your associate opens one membership, you bid one spade and he raises to 2 spades. What do you say?
ANSWER: This hand has nice slam potential: good trumps, controls in each pink fits and an honor in companion’s first go well with. If he has Q 9 5 three, Okay four, eight 7, A Okay J eight four, six spades shall be chilly. Bid three hearts. If associate exhibits enthusiasm by bidding 4 spades, danger a leap to 6 spades or cue-bid 5 diamonds.
S Q J eight three
H eight 6 four
D A 9 three
C A ten three
S 9 2
H Okay Q J 9 5
D Okay 10 5
C Okay 7 four
S 6 5
D Q eight 7 6 four 2
C J 9 eight 6
S A Okay 10 7 four
H A 7 three 2
C Q 5 2
West North East South
1 H Move Move 1 S
Move three S Cross four S
Opening lead — H Okay
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