At the Fall NABC, South was a high- rank­ing ex­pert. East’s 3NT showed a long, solid mi­nor. South bid as if des­per­ate to be de­clarer.

At five spades, South ruffed the open­ing club lead and took the A- K of trumps with a happy re­sult. He led the nine of di­a­monds to the queen, ruffed a club and led the six of di­a­monds: three, eight(!).

De­clarer then ruffed the last club, led to a high di­a­mond and drew trumps with the eight. He won four di­a­monds, three trumps and three club ruffs and also a heart trick.

South’s imag­i­na­tive and win­ning play was ques­tion­able in the­ory. On the se­cond di­a­mond, West could have in­serted his ten(!) to kill a vi­tal en­try. South’s le­git­i­mate chance was to play West for four di­a­monds. Af­ter ruff­ing a se­cond club, South could cash three more di­a­monds, ruff the last club and lead a heart.

If South wanted to play West for 3- 5- 3- 2 shape, he could just draw trumps, ruff a se­cond club and later try to end- play West in hearts to get two tricks there. DAILY QUES­TION You hold: ♠A K J 9 3 ♥K Q 9 5 ♦ A J 9 6 ♣ None. You open one spade, and your part­ner bids 1NT. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Though your part­ner’s hand may be quite weak, jump- shift to three hearts, game- forc­ing. True, you have no as­sur­ance of a trump fit, and if your luck is as bad as mine, part­ner will have lots of clubs and no tol­er­ance for any of your suits. But you can be only so pes­simistic. Even slam is pos­si­ble if his hand is suit­able. West dealer N- S vul­ner­a­ble

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