Chicago Sun-Times - - LIFE - BY FRANK STE­WART

Ex­pe­ri­enced de­clar­ers know the ben­e­fits of run­ning a long suit and forc­ing the de­fend­ers to dis­card. Even if the de­fend­ers aren’t le­git­i­mately squeezed, they may have un­pleas­ant guesses.

The ef­fect of run­ning a long suit can be un­ex­pected, some­thing of which I have be­come more aware in my years of writ­ing up deals. In to­day’s deal, South’s four hearts looks hope­less: He has two clubs and two di­a­monds to lose.

But West leads a trump ( not best, as it hap­pens), and South, with lit­tle choice, peels off six rounds of trumps, pitch­ing two clubs and two di­a­monds from dummy.

West can com­fort­ably throw clubs. East can also throw three clubs, but the last trump skew­ers him.

If East dis­cards the ace of clubs, South can win a club trick. If East throws a di­a­mond, South gets a sec­ond di­a­mond trick. If East throws a spade, South can take the K- A of spades and con­cede a spade. The de­fense can take only one club, and dummy’s fourth spade is good for South’s 10th trick. DAILY QUES­TION You hold: one di­a­mond, your part­ner re­sponds one heart, you bid one spade and he re­bids two hearts. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Part­ner sug­gests a six- card suit with at most 10 high- card points. Your aces, good heart sup­port and pos­si­ble ruff­ing value in clubs make the hand worth a try for game. Raise to three hearts. In­ci­den­tally, it pains me to say that some play­ers would have opened 1NT with your hand. South dealer N- S vul­ner­a­ble

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