Cape Breton Post - - Advice/Games -

South ruffed the club con­tin­u­a­tion, cashed three hearts dis­card­ing a spade and un­blocked the ace of spades. He pro­ceeded with a cross­ruff to emerge with twelve tricks, N-S +420.

The over­trick was im­por­tant since there are very likely only nine tricks avail­able in 3NT (+400).

North was faced with a bid­ding prob­lem when part­ner re­sponded one spade. He was not strong enough to re­verse and elected to un­der­bid with 1NT. He came to life with a jump raise of di­a­monds and the ex­cel­lent mi­nor suit game was duly reached.

Some play­ers would open one di­a­mond with a club re­bid avail­able when part­ner re­sponds in spades but this ac­tion does not tell the truth about his mi­nor suit length. There is some dan­ger of play in a 4-2 di­a­mond fit when South of­fers a pref­er­ence.

The other op­tion would be to open 1NT with the sin­gle­ton ace of spades. The ACBL has re­cently changed the laws so that a player may do so with a sin­gle­ton ace, king or queen. This call runs the risk of play­ing in a spade con­tract when part­ner em­ploys a Ja­coby or Texas transfer and, there­fore, in my opinion, has no ap­peal.

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