East-West vulnerable. West deals.


xA 9 8 2

uJ 7 5

vQ 2

wA 8 7 6


x4 3 xK 5

uA K Q u9 8 6 2

v10 9 8 7 vJ 5 4 3

w9 5 3 2 wK 10 4


xQ J 10 7 6

u10 4 3

vA K 6

wQ J

The bidding:


Pass Pass Pass 1x

Pass 3x Pass Pass


Opening lead: Ace of u (Ace from A K x)

Here’s another deal from Eddie Kantar’s award-winning series “Thinking Bridge,” designed for players who would like to improve their game.

“West, a passed hand, has the strength (9-11 HCP) but not the right hand to double one spade. The hand is flawed holding only three cards in the unbid major. Had West doubled one spade, North would respond two no trump, conventional, showing a limit raise in spades. A jump to three spades would be pre-emptive. With a natural two notrump response, North redoubles then bids notrump.

“West cashes three hearts and, unless East-West have wonderful suit preference signaling agreements enabling East to suggest a club switch, West is likely to shift to the ten of diamonds. A club shift defeats the contract, a diamond shift gives declarer a chance.

“West, a passed hand, has shown up with 9 HCP and is highly unlikely to have either black king. Declarer does best to win with the queen of diamonds, cash the ace of spades, and cross to the ace-king of diamonds before exiting with a spade. If East has a doubleton king of spades, he will be forced to lead a club from his king or concede a ruff-sluff. Either return concedes the contract.

“When a passed hand turns up with 9 HCP, play the partner for any missing ace or king.”

2013 Tribune Media Services

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