When I watched today's deal at the club, East was Grapefruit, who can't see a belt without hitting below it. He has the mood of an untipped waiter and berates his partners mercilessly.
Grapefruit would have made five spades, so North-South did well to push on to six clubs. Then they did even better. West cashed the ace of spades and led another spade.
"You should've bid six spades," West sniffed.
Grapefruit told the kibitzers that not only was West not the sharpest knife in the drawer, he was a spoon in the knife drawer.
West beats six clubs by leading a trump at Trick Two. He kills a vital entry to dummy so South can't set up and cash the diamonds.
You hold: S A 6 H K Q 6 3 2 D K Q 7 C 7 6 3. You open one heart, your partner responds one spade, you bid 1NT and he rebids three spades. What do you say?
ANSWER: Partner's jump in his own suit invites game. He promises a six-card suit with about 10 high-card points. You can make game if he has K Q 10 7 5 3, 7 4, J 4 3, A 2 but not opposite K Q 10 7 5 3, J 4, A 3, 8 5 2. Since you must guess, choose the action that has more to gain. Bid four spades.
Neither side vulnerable
S 10 3
H 8 4
D J 10 8 6 4 2
C Q 10 8
S A 6