Tooth and Nail


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When I watched today’s deal in a duplicate game at the club, East-West were a regular but volatile partnership — a dentist and a manicurist we call Tooth and Nail because that’s how they argue.

Dlr: North ♠ 7 4 2
Vul: N-S A J 4
A Q 9 7 6 2
♣ A
♠ A Q 9 ♠ J 10 6 5
10 5 3 K 9 7
J 8 4 3
♣ J 9 8 7 5 4 ♣ K 10 3
♠ K 8 3
Q 8 6 2
K 10 5
♣ Q 6 2
North East South West
1 Pass 1 Pass
2 Pass 2NT Pass
3NT All Pass

Opening lead — ♣7

Against 3NT, Nail led the ♣7. After dummy’s ace won, declarer came to his K and tried a heart finesse with dummy’s jack. Tooth took his king and cashed the ♣K : six, five, spade from dummy. He then led … another club. South made two overtricks.

Argument

Next came the inevitable argument.

Nail: “Why didn’t you shift to spades? The man had to have a club stopper to bid 2NT.”

Tooth: “He might have suggested notrump with J-6-2.”

Who was at fault?

I wouldn’t expect South to bid 2NT without a club trick, but the result was Nail’s fault. On the ♣K, she must protect her partner by playing the jack to deny possession of the queen. East will know to shift to the ♠J.

And that’s the whole tooth and nothing but.

Daily Question

You hold: ♠7 4 2   A J 4  A Q 9 7 6 2    ♣A.
You open 1, and your partner bids 1. North in today’s deal rebids 2 with this hand. Do you agree with that call?

ANSWER
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