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Statis­tics in­di­cate that six out of seven dwarfs are not happy. But to­day’s East-West cer­tainly were af­ter South found a way to go down at 3NT.

South wasn’t bash­ful in the bid­ding. He could have down­graded his hand and opened 1NT since most of his points were ma­rooned in two dou­ble­tons. At 3NT, South took the king of spades and led a club: deuce, king, nine. He con­tin­ued with dummy’s jack, but East showed out.

West took the ace and led a sec­ond spade. South won and couldn’t run the clubs, When he fi­nessed in di­a­monds, East pro­duced the king and led his last spade. Down two. Low Club

North was grumpy. He said that South’s play was sleepy if not ut­terly dopey. Af­ter dummy’s king of clubs wins, South must lead a heart to his king and re­turn a sec­ond low club to­ward dummy. If West wins, South has nine tricks: four clubs, two hearts, two spades and a di­a­mond.

If in­stead West ducks the sec­ond club, dummy wins. Then South at­tacks the di­a­monds to set up nine sure tricks. Daily Ques­tion You hold: ♠ Q J 10 8 5 3 ♥ 4 ♦ 84 ♣ A 10 8 2. Your part­ner opens one heart, you re­spond one spade, he bids two di­a­monds and you re­bid two spades. Part­ner then bids 2NT. What do you say?

An­swer: This case is close. Your part­ner has about 17 points — he couldn’t try for game with fewer — prob­a­bly with 1-5-4-3 dis­tri­bu­tion. Since your spades are al­most solid and you have a side ace, jump to four spades. You will have a chance if part­ner holds 9, A K 7 6 5, A J 6 3, K Q 5. South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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