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“I’ve written you before about my hypochondriac husband,” a fan writes. “He’s determined to get his money’s worth from his health insurance. If I serve a cured ham, he wants to know what it had. And yes, he still postmortems every deal.”
My fan’s husband was South. At six clubs, he took the ace of hearts, cashed the K-A of diamonds and ruffed a diamond in dummy.
“He ruffed a heart,” my fan says, “and took the A-K-Q of trumps. He lost a trump to East plus a diamond. Down one.”
“My husband wanted to autopsy our bidding. I thought it was fine. But now he’s even saying he suffers from acute hypochondria. Is he beyond help?”
I may not help South’s condition by saying six clubs was cold. South can ruff a heart at the second trick, take the top diamonds, ruff a diamond and ruff a heart. He then takes the A-K of trumps. When West discards, South goes to the ace of spades and ruffs a spade. He exits with his last diamond at Trick 11 and scores his Q-10 of trumps.
You hold: ♠ A J 9 6 5 3 2 ♥ A 6 2 ♦ K 5 ♣ 6. You open one spade, you partner bids two hearts, you rebid two spades and he tries 3NT. What do you say?
ANSWER: Notrump looks wrong. Bid four hearts. Partner’s two hearts showed a five-card or longer suit, so your support is adequate. (Indeed, you would often have raised directly with three-card support.) He should expect you to hold six or more spades and can go to four spades if he…
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