While the Spring NABC was going on in Kansas City, I was on a Florida speaking tour. My first stop was the Khatib Bridge Center in Stuart, where I was honored to partner with Dr. Reza Khatib, a noted physician and the club’s benefactor.
As today’s West, I overcalled one spade and then kept silent; to bid two spades at my second turn would not have been a good idea. Against South’s three diamonds, what would you have led with my hand?
I tried a trump. South won and led a spade, and I took the ace and led another trump. Declarer won in dummy and led the king of spades, but my partner came through by ruffing. South threw a heart loser, but then East led a club. Eventually I got three clubs for down one. Some North-Souths made 3NT, so we scored well on the deal.
With perfect play involving a loser-onloser end play (throwing me in with a spade to concede a club trick to the king), South could win 10 tricks at diamonds.
Kindest regards to my friends at the Khatib club.
Daily Question: You hold: & 2 h AK7 5 ( AQ862 $ K J 6. You open one diamond, and your partner responds two clubs. What do you say?
Answer: Slam is possible if your partner has useful cards such as the ace of spades (but not the K-Q , which would be “wasted“), king of diamonds and good clubs. Bid two hearts, a “reverse” that in most styles suggests extra strength, and support the clubs next. Let partner judge whether he has the right cards for slam.