West leads the queen of spades against
South's five diamonds, East following low. You win and play a trump
to dummy, East showing out. The king of heart lead is covered by
East's ace. How should you continue?
WERE YOU BOLD ENOUGH TO
DISCOVER THESE SAFE SOLUTIONS?
3 DIAMONDS-5 PTS.
4 CLUBS OR 4 HEARTS-3 PTS.
3 HEARTS-1 PT.
maximum values for your previous raise but do not yet know the
purpose of partner's club bid. Three diamonds shows your ace, shows
diamond stoppers if partner wants to try no trump and paves the way
for a club raise later if it turns out that partner is slam-minded. A
club raise now is premature, but superior to an inadequate return to
4 SPADES-5 PTS.
Partner has shown at least six spades-possibly seven-and only four
hearts. He will be much better able to withstand diamond forces if he
is in his longer suit.