Daily Bridge Club /
Aclub player brought me today’s deal. He had been declarer at four hearts and was disgusted at having gone down.
South won the first diamond with the ace and couldn’t lead trumps, lest East get in and lead a spade. West probably had the ace of spades for his double. At Trick Two, South let the queen of clubs ride.
He led a second club to the ten and threw a spade on the ace.
“Fine so far,” declarer said, “but I led a trump next. Due to an intense brain fog, my thoughts were grounded until further notice. East played the four, and my ten lost to the jack.”
“West then cashed the ace of spades and led the king of clubs. East ruffed with his
king of trumps, and West got his ace for down one.”
I couldn’t blame South for being upset with himself. After he discards on the ace of clubs, he makes four hearts by leading dummy’s last club and ruffing or pitching the king of spades – a loser on a loser. Then the defenders get only two trump tricks and a club or spade, and South is safe.
AJ93 AJ© J108 K762.Yourpartner opens one spade, and you respond 2NT, a conventional forcing raise.
He then bids three diamonds. What do you say?
In modern methods, opener’s bid of a new suit over 2NT shows a singleton there.
The idea is to let responder judge how well the cards fit together. Since you have only a “wasted” jack in diamonds, slam is likely. Cue-bid three hearts. Partner may hold K Q 1054,K765,2,AQ4.
N-S vulnerable AJ93 AJ J108 K762
1 Dbl 3 4 All Pass Opening lead – J