I think most would agree (ex­cept maybe the re­tail­ers) that Christ­mas is too com­mer­cial. Cy the Cynic says it’s be­come like a baby shower gone to­tally over­board.

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Frank Ste­wart

To­day’s North-South dis­played some of the same self-in­dul­gence by over­bid­ding their cards. South opened 2NT, sup­pos­edly show­ing 20 or 21 points. North drove to slam when he might have in­vited. (When both hands have bal­anced pat­tern, 33 points are of­ten too few to make 6NT.)

South won the first heart in his hand, led a club to dummy’s queen and re­turned a club: four, ten, ace. He won the next heart and cashed four spades and his ace of dia­monds. At Trick 10, he took the king of clubs, pitch­ing dummy’s last heart.

East, with room for three cards, was squeezed. Whether he threw his last heart or a di­amond, South would get a 12th trick.

It’s too bad that South’s over­bid­ding wasn’t pun­ished. If West ducks the sec­ond round of clubs, he stops South from “rec­ti­fy­ing the count” for the “sim­ple” squeeze, but South can still suc­ceed by squeez­ing East “with­out the count.”

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: & KJ62h K73 ( K632 $ Q 7. Your part­ner opens one club, you bid one spade and he raises to two spades. What do you say?

An­swer: Much de­pends on part­ner’s style. If he avoids open­ing light­ish hands and al­ways has four-card sup­port to raise your ma­jor-suit re­sponse, you can bid four spades. Other­wise, you may do well to set­tle for an in­vi­ta­tional se­quence. Bid 2NT. Part­ner will have op­tions, and you may reach your best con­tract. by Dana Sum­mers

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