In a du­pli­cate event, I sat down to play against an at­trac­tive woman whose name tag iden­ti­fied her as Dot­tie Pickle.

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“What kind of pickle are you?” I asked. “Some­times sweet, some­times sour,” she smiled. And then she pro­ceeded to make potato salad of me in to­day’s deal. Against 3NT, I led the queen of spades, and East took the ace and re­turned the deuce. Ms. Pickle won and led the king of hearts. She eyed my nine, then over­took with dummy’s ace and cashed the queen.

When my ten fell, South led the eight, forc­ing out East’s jack. South won the di­a­mond re­turn and took three clubs and three more hearts.

Al­most ev­ery North-South went down at 3NT. After win­ning the se­cond spade, Souths usu­ally swung for the fences: They cashed the king of hearts, went to the ace of clubs and took the A-Q of hearts, hop­ing for a 3-3 break (pos­si­ble but against the odds). They took eight tricks; my op­po­nent made an over­trick.

I won’t rel­ish the next time I face Dot­tie Pickle.

You hold: K765h K ( A10864 $ K Q 8. Your part­ner opens one heart, you bid two di­a­monds, he re­bids two hearts and you try two spades. Part­ner then bids four hearts. What do you say?

An­swer: Part­ner’s high-card strength is lim­ited by his re­bid of two hearts, but his four hearts shows a sound hand with a self-suf­fi­cient suit, maybe A 2, A Q J 10 7 6 3, 5, J 6 5. Since slam is pos­si­ble, make one try to get there. Cue-bid five clubs to show a con­trol in that suit. by Dana Sum­mers

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