Cy the Cynic says that finding fault is like washing windows: All the dirt is on the other side. “We beat 3NT,” a club player told me, “no thanks to my partner’s defense.” West had led a diamond: six, king, ace. South led the queen of spades, winning. He next led his deuce of clubs to dummy’s ace and returned the jack of spades. “My partner won,” I heard, “and led another club. South took the king and lost a spade to my ace. I returned a diamond, and South took the queen and led another diamond. When my partner won, he led a heart — finally — and South won only eight tricks.” South dealer N-S vulnerable You hold: Q A 7 3 A Q 9 4 2
Q J 6 2. Your partner opens one spade, your respond two diamonds and he bids two hearts. What do you say?
It would be easy to leap to 3NT, and that would be your best contract much of the time. But partner’s hand is not well defined, and he would pass 3NT with a hand such as A 10 6 5 4, K J 10 6 5, K, A 4 when six hearts would be a decent contract. Bid three clubs. You may have another chance to bid 3NT later.