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Dealer South N/S Vul

8 6 4
4
J 8 6 5 4
A Q 6 4
K Q J 7
10 8 5 2
Q
J 9 8 3
A 10 9 3 2
9 3
K 10 9
10 5 2
5
A K Q J 7
A 7 3 2
K 5
West North East South
1
Pass 1NT Pass 3
Pass 5 Pass Pass
Pass

South’s heart sank when his partner jumped to 5. Why, oh why, had he bothered to mention his second suit? He should simply have jumped to 4over 1NT – he rated to lose no tricks even if his partner held a void. A 4 contract would make easily – six trump tricks, A and AKQ.

Andrew Robson
Andrew Robson

South played the 5contract as carelessly as he had bid it. West led K and continued with Q, which he trumped. Needing a favourable trump split, he cashed A, felling West’s Q and East’s 9, and led 3. West discarded and East beat dummy’s J with K, cashed 10 and also A – the contract was two down. South should have crossed to A and trumped dummy’s third before leading a second round of trumps to restrict himself to one down.

ANDREW’S TIP: Do not bid a suit you do not wish to be trumps.