The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING - BY PHILLIP ALDER

Lenin said, “One fool can ask more ques­tions in a minute than 12 wise men can an­swer in an hour.”

A cou­ple of days ago, we learned that after an open­ing bid, a take­out dou­ble and a pass, if fourth hand cue-bids the opener’s suit, it shows 12 points or more.

But is that the only bid the ad­vancer can make when this strong?

Of course not! Look at the South hand. What should he bid after one club - dou­ble - pass around to him?

With a bal­anced hand, a good hold­ing in the opener’s suit (re­mem­ber, part­ner is short in that suit) and no length in a ma­jor suit, the ad­vancer may bid in no-trump. One no-trump shows 6-9 points, two no-trump 10-12 and three no-trump a sur­pris­ing 13-15. Here, South should leap to three no-trump.

After this is passed out and West has led the club jack, how should South pro­ceed?

If South has a four-card ma­jor, he might well start with a cue-bid, plan­ning to fall back on three no-trump if a 4-4 fit in that suit does not ex­ist.

De­clarer starts with eight top tricks: four hearts, one di­a­mond and three clubs. Two more winners can be es­tab­lished in spades. South should take the first trick and play a spade.

West does best to cap­ture that trick and shift to the di­a­mond king, but de­clarer can win and per­se­vere in spades. The de­fend­ers can­not take more than two spades and two di­a­monds.

When in no-trump, im­me­di­ately play on the suit where you wish to es­tab­lish winners.

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