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Bridge: Nov. 21, 2022

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In today’s deal, you play at 6NT (BridgeBee comments on the bidding). West leads a spade. You have 11 tricks; you probably need a fourth heart.

How do you proceed?


To judge how to play the hearts, you need a distributional count. Start by leading the nine of diamonds.

You win the spade return and cash the ace of diamonds — and East pitches a club! When you take your other winners, you find that West had four spades and two clubs plus five diamonds, so you know how to play the hearts: Cash the K-Q, then lead to your ten.

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You hold: S A Q J 10 H A 10 3 2 D A 9 C Q 7 3. You open 1NT, your partner responds two clubs, you bid two spades and he then bids 2NT. The opponents pass. What do you say?

ANSWER: Your partner has a game-invitational hand, and since he used Stayman to check for a 4-4 major-suit fit but didn’t raise your spades, he has hearts. Jump to four hearts. With 17 high-card points plus two tens, your hand is an absolute maximum for your 1NT opening.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable


S K 5

H K Q 5

D 7 6 5 4 2

C A K 6


S 9 8 7 6

H 6 4

D K J 10 8 3

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C 9 8


S 4 3 2

H J 9 8 7


C J 10 5 4 2


S A Q J 10

H A 10 3 2

D A 9

C Q 7 3

South West North East
1 NT Pass 4 NT Pass
6 NT All Pass
Opening lead — S 9

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