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“Team Monaco,” the European experts assembled by Pierre Zimmermann, won its second straight Spingold Teams at the Summer NABC. In the final Zimmermann-Franck Multon, Fulvio Fantoni-Claudio Nunes, Geir Helgemo-Tor Helness took the fourth quarter 52 to 0 to beat Nick Nickell (Katz, Levin-Weinstein, Meckstroth-Rodwell), 143 to 101.
Monaco was accurate throughout. In today’s deal, Nunes opened three spades, passed out. West for NICKELL led a diamond.
Declarer took the ace, led to his ace of trumps and gave up a diamond. East shifted, questionably, to clubs. (A heart shift would have meant down one.) Nunes took the ace and led a good diamond, pitching a heart when East discarded. West ruffed low and led a heart, but South won, ruffed a club and led a trump to drop the king and jack. Making three.
In the replay, South opened two spades and converted North’s three-diamond reply to three spades, passed out. West for Monaco led ... a heart. Declarer had no chance.
You hold: ´ J 3 2 ™ K 9 7 5 © 6 4 ® K 8 6 4. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart, he bids one spade and you try 1NT. Partner rebids two spades. What do you say?
A: Your partner seems to have five spades (he rebid the suit) but longer diamonds (he bid that suit first). His high-card values may be minimum. Your hand is not worth its point count; both kings may be wasted opposite a singleton or void. Pass. Partner may hold A Q 7 6 5, 4, K Q 8 5 3 2, 2.

South dealer
Both sides vulnerable

NORTH
´ 9
™ A 6 3
© A 10 8 7 5 3 2
® A 5

WEST EAST
´ J 3 2 ´ K Q
™ K 9 7 5 ™ Q J 8
© 6 4 © K Q
® K 8 6 4 ® Q J 10 7 3 2

SOUTH
´ A 10 8 7 6 5 4
™ 10 4 2
© J 9
® 9
South West North East
3 ´ Pass Pass Pass
Opening lead – Choose it