Bridge Out of the loop

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“Ever had an

out-of-body ex­pe­ri­ence?” Un­lucky Louie asked me in the club lounge.

“I took a shower yes­ter­day and had an out-of-body-wash ex­pe­ri­ence,” Cy the Cynic of­fered.

“I’ve had out-of-money ex­pe­ri­ences,” Ed re­marked.

As to­day’s de­clarer, Louie had an out-of-his-mind is­sue. He took the king of clubs, drew trumps, cashed the ace of clubs and ruffed his low club. He took three high di­a­monds, pitch­ing two hearts, and ruffed dummy’s last di­a­mond.

At Trick Nine, Louie led a heart. West showed out, and Louie glumly con­ceded down one. Was he un­lucky, or did he have an outof-mind ex­pe­ri­ence?

THIRD CLUB

East dis­carded on the third club lead, so West had six clubs plus two trumps. And when Louie led the fourth di­a­mond from dummy, East dis­carded again. So East’s pat­tern had been 2-6-3-2.

The heart po­si­tion was unguess­able, but Louie could suc­ceed by dis­card­ing a third heart on the fourth di­a­mond in­stead of ruff­ing. West would win and would have to con­cede a ruff-sluff.

DAILY QUES­TION

You hold: ♠ AQ J 3 2 ♥ 10 9 7 5 ♦

4 ♣ A K 8. You open one spade, your part­ner re­sponds two di­a­monds, you bid two hearts and he re­bids three di­a­monds. What do you say?

AN­SWER: In “Stan­dard” meth­ods, part­ner shows long di­a­monds but min­i­mum val­ues for a twolevel re­sponse. (Even in a sys­tem where a two-level re­sponse is game-forc­ing, many pairs treat this se­quence as not forc­ing.) Pass. You might make 3NT, but the odds would be against you. South dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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