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Test your knowledge with Marc Kerlero!

Bid play the deal and test your knowledge with Marc Kerlero

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From the statement below, bid then play the deal by following Marc Kerlero‘s advice. You will be able to test your knowledge!

You are sitting South. Dealer South, N/S Vul.

♠ A Q 4 2
♥ K J 3
♦ Q 6 2
♣ K 7 2

The start of the bidding:

bidding

How do you interpret your partner’s bidding?

This sequence is game forcing, guarantees at least five Diamonds (and four Hearts to justify the Stayman) and denies a fit in Spades (with a fit you have to either bid a conventional 3♥ or use a Splinter at the four-level.)
Following the rule of the singleton, North also has shortness in a black suit (or exactly 2-4-5-2 and slam interest).
► Full explanation: 10 points.
► Part of the explanation: 5 points.

So, what’s your bid going to be?

If North has a singleton in Spades, you can play 3NT without a problem.
If his singleton is in Clubs, 3NT will be less fun – but in this case your Club King is not worth much in a Diamond contract and it is unlikely that you can win Five Diamonds if he does not have enough to bid again over 3NT.
In doubt, it’s better to play 3NT.
► 3NT: 10 points.
► 3♠: 7 points.
► 3♥: 5 points.
► 4♦: 3 points.

Everyone passes over 3NT, West starts with the Queen of Clubs and the dummy comes down:

East wins with the Ace and returns the Club eight.

What do you do at trick two?

Your contract is particularly poor and you are going to need a little help from your guardian angel.

You need to start by ducking this second round of Clubs (5 points), hoping that East has started with Ace-third and West with six of them. West wins and insists with another Club, East following with the five. You discard two Hearts from dummy.

What’s next?

Now you play a small Diamond (5 points) to the ten, Jack and King. If you wanted to play the Queen when you have neither the ten, nor at least the nine, give yourself a penalty of -5 points!
East switches to a small Heart.

What do you deduce?

That he has no more Clubs! 5 points bonus.

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