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Imagine you are the coach of a junior bridge team. Celebrity status. Adoring fans. Wine, women and song. A million dollar signing bonus. I said "imagine."

Coaching a junior imp match, one of your players picks up

AK86K94J6K872

White against red, his partner deals and opens 3C. RHO passes. You should know (I am sure you do), that a first chair favorable junior 3C opening is "wide ranging." A six card suit is more likely than seven.

What would you bid?

Junior bids 3N. I like this bid. While it isn't odds on to make, it is likely to buy the pot. At fifty a trick, going down several could be a great result into a vul game. And it may have chances, likely depending on the opening lead.

As junior hoped, it went all pass and the opening lead is the J. Here is what declarer sees:

North
Q5
J652
2
AJ10653
South
AK86
K94
J6
K872

Plan your play.

Wow! You avoided a diamond lead and the contract is almost cold. Huge result. You cash three rounds of spades to get some information and find out that LHO started with 5 and RHO with 2. On the third round of spades RHO plays a discouraging heart.

Who do you play for the Q?

RHO. It isn't a lot to go on, but it is better than nothing.

Here is the entire deal.

West
J10932
Q83
Q10974
North
Q5
J652
2
AJ10653
East
74
A107
AK853
Q94
South
AK86
K94
J6
K872
D

Did you remember to unblock the club suit?

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