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When Wendy the feminist joined my club, I knew she and Cy the Cynic, a shameless chauvinist, wouldn’t get along. In the lounge, Wendy asked Cy his view of women’s rights.
“I like all sides of them,” Cy said. “Rights, lefts, fronts and backs.”
The relationship has only gotten worse. When the two were East-West, the Cynic led the ten of clubs against South’s game: jack, queen, ace. South led a trump to dummy’s ten, and Wendy took the ace and led a heart. Cy won ... and returned a heart. South ruffed, threw a diamond from dummy on the king of clubs, picked up the trumps and ran the hearts. Making four!
Wendy exercised her right to tell Cy what she thought of him: “You couldn’t lead a diamond when you got in?”
“South bid 2NT,” Cy growled. “I thought your heart lead was a singleton.”
Cy was in the right. If Wendy ducks the first trump, Cy will know she can’t want a ruff. If South leads a heart to his king next, Cy will win and lead a diamond for down one.
You hold: ´ A 9 ™ 10 3 2 © A Q 5 2 ® Q 8 5 4. Your partner opens one spade, you respond two clubs, he bids two diamonds and you raise to three diamonds. Partner next bids three spades. What do you say?
A: Partner bid again after your game-invitational raise to three diamonds, hence he has extra strength. He also shows a six-card or strong five-card spade suit and suggests playing game at spades if you have a little support. Raise to four spades.
North dealer
Both sides vulnerable

NORTH
´ K J 10 2
™ Q J 9 6 5 4
© K 8
® J

WEST EAST
´ Q 8 7 ´ A 9
™ A 8 7 ™ 10 3 2
© 10 7 4 3 © A Q 5 2
® 10 9 7 ® Q 8 5 4

SOUTH
´ 6 5 4 3
™ K
© J 9 6
® A K 6 3 2

North East South West
1 ™ Pass 1 ´ Pass
2 ´ Pass 2 NT Pass
4 ´(!) All Pass
Opening lead – ® 10