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Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Frank Ste­wart

When I watched to­day’s deal in a team match at the club, Cy the Cynic’s team had a ma­jor crack-up: They con­ceded the dreaded dou­ble game swing.

At both ta­bles West opened one heart, and North over­called one spade. At one ta­ble, with Cy’s team­mates sit­ting North-South, East leaped all the way to four hearts. That si­lenced South and every­body else, and af­ter North led the A-K of clubs, West lost two spades and a club.

At the other ta­ble, Cy, sit­ting East, raised to two hearts, leav­ing room for a three-di­a­mond of­fer­ing by South. East-West could have sal­vaged some­thing by beat­ing five di­a­monds, and when West led his sin­gle­ton club, South looked fated to lose a trump, a heart and a club ruff.

But South took the ace of clubs and led the ace and queen of spades, pitch­ing his heart — a loser on a loser. West won, but since East couldn’t gain the lead, South lost only one more trick to the ace of trumps.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ A Q653 ♥ 62 ♦J 9 8 5 ♣ A K. You open one spade, your part­ner re­sponds two hearts, you try 2NT and he bids three clubs. What do you say?

An­swer: I wouldn’t be ea­ger to in­sist on 3NT. Part­ner’s hand may be short in di­a­monds. A bid of three di­a­monds is pos­si­ble, but its mean­ing would be am­bigu­ous. Bid three hearts. Part­ner won’t as­sume bet­ter sup­port than you have. With three cards in hearts, you could have raised at your sec­ond turn. West dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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