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You”re declarer at four spades, and West leads the king of hearts. East signals with the queen. You hope for a heart continuation, but West shifts to a trump.

Say you win in your hand and lead a low club. West takes the king and leads another trump, depriving you of a ruff in dummy. You draw trumps, cash the queen of clubs, take the ace of diamonds and ruff a diamond. Then you run your trumps, but when West saves his J-8 of clubs, you lose a second club and a second heart. Down one.

West defended well. Are you satisfied with your play?

DIAMOND RUFF

I wouldn”t be. You had an extra chance. After you win West”s trump shift, take the ace of diamonds, ruff a diamond and lead a low club. If West wins and leads another trump, win in dummy and ruff a diamond.

When diamonds break 3-3, you can draw trumps and return to the queen of clubs for the good diamonds. If the diamonds broke 4-2, you would still be safe if the clubs produced three tricks.

This week: extra chances.

DAILY QUESTION

You hold: 6 5 A K 10 4 K 7 2 K J 8 3. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart and he bids one spade. The opponents pass. What do you say?

ANSWER: When you can place the contract or suggest a contract, don”t shirk your responsibility. Bid 3NT. You have no reason to show the clubs. (You would be showing them only to the opponents.) You aren”t interested in playing at clubs or in having partner show delayed heart support.

South dealer

Both sides vulnerable

NORTH

K 3

9 7 6

A 9 8 6 5 3

Q 7

WEST

6 5

A K 10 4

K 7 2

K J 8 3

EAST

8 7 2

Q J 8 2

Q J 10

9 5 2

SOUTH

A Q J 10 9 4

5 3

4

A 10 6 4

South West North East

1 Dbl Pass 2

2 Pass 4 S All Pass

Opening lead — K AMX-2015-07-28T10:30:00-04:00

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