Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

Du­pli­cate bridge is a great way to im­prove your game and be part of a com­mu­nity of peo­ple with a com­mon in­ter­est. Many strate­gies at du­pli­cate dif­fer from party bridge.

At 3NT, South wins the first heart with the jack and counts three hearts, four clubs and a di­a­mond. At party bridge, South might clinch the con­tract by lead­ing a spade next. He would have time to set up a spade for a ninth trick.

In a typ­i­cal du­pli­cate game, ev­ery North-South would bid 3NT. We say the con­tract is “nor­mal.” So South must try for an over­trick. If he wins nine tricks when ev­ery­one else wins 10, he will get a “bot­tom” score.

At du­pli­cate, South must lead a di­a­mond to dummy’s 10 at Trick Two. East wins and re­turns a heart, and then South leads a club to his hand and fi­nesses in di­a­monds again. Mak­ing four.

If the di­a­monds lay badly — East had K-Q-9-6 — South might go down at a cold game. But at du­pli­cate, what mat­ters is not mak­ing 3NT but win­ning more tricks than your com­peti­tors.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ Q103 ♥ AJ2 ♦ 7432 ♣ A Q 5. You open one di­a­mond, your part­ner re­sponds one heart, you bid 1NT and he tries two spades. What do you say?

An­swer: Part­ner’s two spades — a new suit — is forc­ing. But with, say, 4-4-2-3 shape, he would have no rea­son to bid spades af­ter you didn’t bid one spade at your sec­ond turn. Since he surely has at least five hearts, bid three hearts. Show your three-card sup­port for his first suit.

North dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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