Incomplete maxims: A penny saved is a penny, no news is good, and let bygones be.
It’s often wrong to draw trumps too soon. It can also be wrong to finish drawing them once you start. At today’s four hearts, South ruffed the third diamond and drew all the trumps.
He took his spade tricks for a club discard, and led the ace and a second club. West played low, and East took the king and led another diamond. Declarer ruffed but lost the last trick to West’s queen of clubs.
After South ruffs the third diamond, he can take the K-A of trumps but must not finish what he started. He next cashes his spade tricks and ace of clubs and exits with a club.
South’s luck is in: His “partial elimination” lands the contract. When East takes the king of clubs, he must lead a spade or a diamond. South discards his last club, ruffs in dummy and wins the last two tricks with high trumps.
Question: You hold: ♠ Q5 ♥ AQJ104 ♦ 83 ♣ A532. You open one heart, your partner responds one spade, you bid two clubs and he bids two diamonds. What do you say? Answer: Partner’s bid of a new suit is forcing; you must decide what your most descriptive third bid will be. I would not be eager to bid 2NT, nor would I want to take a two-spade preference with only a doubleton. Bid two hearts, showing a sixcard suit or a strong fivecarder.