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

Con­tin­u­ing my speak­ing tour in Florida, I had the plea­sure of play­ing a ses­sion at the beau­ti­ful Bal­lenIsles Coun­try Club in Palm Beach Gar­dens.

I was to­day’s South, and my part­ner was Har­vey Hafetz, my gra­cious host along with his wife, Zena. When East opened two di­a­monds, I had to de­cide how to han­dle the South hand. I thought of over­call­ing three clubs; then if West com­peted in di­a­monds, I could com­fort­ably bid hearts. But sup­press­ing my good five-card ma­jor was risky, so I tried two hearts.

West bid two spades, and two passes fol­lowed. I bid three clubs, and West bid three spades. Hafetz still had no at­trac­tive ac­tion as North de­spite his 10 points. But when I per­sisted with four clubs, my part­ner liked his aces and raised to game.

Against five clubs, West un­der­stand­ably led the king of di­a­monds in­stead of the ace of spades. I threw a spade on dummy’s ace and lost only to the black aces for plus 600, a for­tu­nate re­sult.

Kind­est re­gards to my friends at Bal­lenIsles.

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: AQ1087 54 h 984 ( K $ 10 2. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond one spade and he bids two clubs. What do you say?

An­swer: This case is close. Your part­ner could have min­i­mum hands that would make four spades a good con­tract or a poor con­tract. Give him K,5 3 2, A J 7 54,A963or3,532,AQ964,AK65.I would not leap to four spades, but to re­bid two spades might miss game. Jump to three spades, in­vi­ta­tional.

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