Another sign standing sentinel beside a church in my
town: “Sin: ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time.’”
In today’s deal, South’s jump to two spades in the balancing seat was “intermediate,” suggesting a six-card suit and opening values. Against four spades, West led the queen of hearts, and South took dummy’s ace and led a trump. West won and led another heart.
Declarer won, drew trumps and led the A-K and a third club. He hoped West would win, but when East took the queen and led a diamond, South lost two diamonds. Down one.
South sinned at Trick One (a good time if you’re intent on sinning). He took the ace of hearts — presumably, it seemed like a good idea — but should instead let West’s queen win.
South wins the next heart and leads a trump. If West wins and errs by leading a third heart, South wins and discards a club. He draws trumps, takes the A-K of clubs, ruffs a club and returns a trump to dummy to pitch two diamonds on the good clubs.
You hold: ♠ J97 ♥ AK4 ♦ 73
♣ K 6 5 3 2. Your partner opens one diamond, you bid two clubs, he rebids two diamonds and you try 2NT. Partner then bids three clubs. What do you say?
ANSWER: Partner’s three clubs says he is amenable to neither game nor notrump. He has a minimum, shapely hand. Pass. He may hold 5 3, Q 7, K Q 10 6 5 2, A J 7. (Your 2NT with no spade stopper was imperfect, but you had enough strength to try for game, and no other call was attractive.)