LIFE & CUL­TURE

This is another in a se­ries of weekly col­umns on “Sim­ple Satur­day.” The in­tent is to help as­pir­ing play­ers mas­ter ba­sic tech­nique and learn to think log­i­cally.

The Denver Post - - LIFE&CULTURE - By Frank Ste­wart Daily Ques­tion:

North’s bid of 2NT is an ar­ti­fi­cial forc­ing spade raise. Mod­ern pairs use “limit” dou­ble raises and need a gad­get to show a hand worth a game-force. South’s four spades de­nies slam in­ter­est.

West leads a heart: queen, king, ace. De­clarer draws trumps and ex­its with a heart. East shifts to the king of clubs, and the de­fend­ers take two clubs and force South to ruff a club.

South needs to pick up the di­a­monds. A 3-2 break will make things easy, but if a de­fender has J-x-x-x, South must re­tain a fi­ness­ing po­si­tion af­ter tak­ing two high di­a­monds. Which de­fender might have started with four?

An in­fer­ence is avail­able: If West had a sin­gle­ton, he might have led it. South should take the A-Q in case West had J-x-x-x.

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You hold: KJ87h Q5 ( AK94 $ 8 5 2. Your part­ner opens one heart, you bid one spade and he re­bids two hearts. What do you say?

An­swer: You have op­tions. One is to probe with a bid of three di­a­monds. If part­ner bids 3NT next, you will pass, and 3NT will be a win­ning con­tract op­po­site 2,AKJ876,852,A43.Theotherop­tion, since part­ner’s re­bid prom­ises a six-card suit, is a raise to four hearts. That would be my choice, though not with con­vic­tion. by Dana Sum­mers

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