Both vulnerable. South deals.



uA J 10

vK J 6 4 3 2

wQ 10 9


xQ J 8 7 2 x10 9

u6 4 u5 3 2

vQ 7 5 vA 10 9 8

wK 8 3 wA J 6 2


xA K 6 5 4

uK Q 9 8 7


w7 5 4

The bidding:


1x Pass 2v Pass

2uPass 2NT Pass

3u Pass 4u Pass

Pass Pass

Opening lead: Three of w

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

North has a choice of nonforcing rebids (unless two diamonds is played as a game force): two no trump or three diamonds. Given the weakness of the diamonds, two no trump is superior. Notice that one choice is not three hearts. In order to raise a secondary suit directly, four-card support is required — an important bidding principle. As it happens, it matters little whether North rebids two no trump or three diamonds, as South will bid three hearts to show five hearts. Responder happily raises to game.

West’s spade holding suggests a trump lead to stop spade ruffs in dummy, but his diamond holding (honor-third in dummy’s long suit) suggests the more attacking club lead.

When dummy plays low at trick one, East plays the jack. The lead of a low card suggests an honor, and the only honor not visible is the king. After the defense cashes three clubs, both defenders should note that South, who has shown 10 major-suit cards during the bidding, has a diamond void. Furthermore, whoever winds up on lead after three clubs have been cashed should shift to a trump to stop spade ruffs. A trump shift combined with East not playing the diamond ace when a low diamond is led from dummy, defeats four hearts.

If the defenders do not shift to a trump after winning three clubs, declarer gets home on a crossruff, but must cash the two top spades before crossruffing.

For more information about “Thinking Bridge” and other Kantar writings, go to

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