Finding the right suit will avoid errors
No tennis player will ever be as good as a wall, which stoically returns every shot. The way to win at bridge is not to try for brilliant shots but to avoid unforced errors.
At 3NT, South took the ace of hearts and saw no problems: He led a diamond to dummy’s 10. East won with the queen and returned a heart, and South took the king, led a club to his hand and tried another diamond.
When West pitched a spade, South was in trouble. He took the ace of diamonds and tried a spade to his 10, but West took the queen, led a third heart, won the next spade and cashed two hearts for down one.
South was unlucky to find the diamonds stacked. Still, he went down because he put an easy return into the net by attacking the wrong suit.
South has four clubs, three hearts and a diamond and can easily get a spade trick. At Trick Two he leads the king of spades. If West takes the ace and leads another heart, South wins and leads another spade. This week: Which suit? Daily Question: You hold: AQ2 7654 6 10 7 3 2. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart and he bids one spade. The opponents pass. What do you say?
Answer: Though an outside chance of game remains, to bid again with such a weak hand is more likely to get your side too high. You have no attractive bid anyhow: Neither a raise to two spades with only three trumps, a bid of 1NT with weak clubs nor a rebid of two hearts is appealing. Pass.