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When I watched today’s deal on BBO, all four players were experts. South’s opening bid of 1♣ was strong and artificial. North’s 1 was negative; his 3 was a “transfer.” South might have passed 3NT.

Dlr: South ♠ Q 9 3
Vul: N-S Q J 10 5 3
K 8 5 2
♣ 4
♠ K 10 ♠ 8 7 6 4 2
K 9 4 8 6
Q 10 9 4 7 6
♣ Q 10 9 8 ♣ K 6 5 2
♠ A J 5
A 7 2
A J 3
♣ A J 7 3
South West North East
1♣ Pass 1 Pass
2NT Pass 3 Pass
3 Pass 3NT Pass
4 All Pass

Opening lead — ♣10

Spade Finesse

Against 4, West led the ♣10: four, king, ace. South led a diamond to dummy’s king and lost a trump finesse. Later he drew trumps and lost a spade finesse, and when diamonds split badly, he lost two tricks there. Down one.
South had winning lines, none clearly indicated. It seems to me he might have taken theA K early and lost a diamond, planning to ruff the fourth diamond — with his ace of trumps if necessary. Maybe I’m being “resultish.”

Daily Question

You hold:
♠Q 9 3
Q J 10 5 3
K 8 5 2
Your partner opens 1♣, you respond 1 and he bids 1♠. What do you say?

You have options, none clearly right or wrong. A rebid of 2 might work but would show a six-card suit or a stronger five-carder. A raise to 2♠ might get you to a decent contract but would suggest four-card support. My uneasy choice would be a bid of 1NT, staying low.

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