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Cy the Cynic believes for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows ... and somebody's basement leaks, a car rusts and a game is rained out.
Cy expects the worst and is seldom disappointed. As declarer at 3NT, he took the queen of spades and led a low club, and rain began to fall when West discarded. East captured dummy's king and shifted to the queen of hearts.
The Cynic won and couldn't use dummy's long clubs; he led a diamond. East took the king and led another heart, and the defense got two hearts, two diamonds and a club.
After Cy's play at Trick Two, his best hope was that the deal would be rained out. He must lead the jack of clubs. If East wins and leads a heart, Cy wins, plays a low club from both hands, and later runs the clubs, winning four clubs, three spades and two hearts.
If East ducks the first club, he can shut out the clubs, but then Cy has time to set up his diamonds. He wins three diamonds, three spades, two hearts and a club.

You hold: J 10 9 8 3 T 6 5 4 2 A 7 3 2 None. Your partner deals and opens one spade. The next player passes. What do you say?

A: I would be nervous about leaping to four spades with first-round control in two side suits. Partner would never visualize a slam if he held A K 7 6 2, 3, K Q J, 8 7 6 5. Nevertheless, I see no other attractive bid, and a direct jump to game has the practical advantage of making it difficult for the opponents to enter the auction.
South dealer
Both sides vulnerable

NORTH
7 4
T 9 8 3
6 4
K Q 6 5 3 2


WEST EAST
J 10 9 8 3 6 5 2
T 6 5 4 2 T Q J 10 7
A 7 3 2 K 5
None A 10 9 8


SOUTH
A K Q
T A K
Q J 10 9 8
J 7 4

South West North East
2 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass
Opening lead - J