DAILY BRIDGE CLUB

Chicago Sun-Times - - LIFE - BY FRANK STEWART

To­day’s deal, from a quar­ter­fi­nal match in the Spin­gold Teams, wins the prize for the costliest er­ror at the Sum­mer NABC.

Both North- Souths reached six hearts. In the auc­tion shown, North’s four spades was a con­ven­tional ace- ask, not a cue bid. West led the king of di­a­monds; dummy’s ace won.

South, a top pro­fes­sional, took the ace of clubs, ruffed a club and led dummy’s ten of trumps to his king. He must have been stunned when West dis­carded — so much that he led a di­a­mond next. West won and gave East a di­a­mond ruff.

South had a black­out. After he took the king of trumps, he could cash the king of clubs, fi­nesse with the queen of spades, pitch a di­a­mond on the ace, ruff a spade, ruff his last club and score three more high trumps. In the re­play, South made the slam to gain 17 IMPs, and his team won the match — by two.

Clients who pay pros hefty an­nual re­tain­ers to play aren’t ac­cus­tomed to see­ing them boot cold slams. North’s re­ac­tion, if any, is un­known. DAILY QUES­TION You hold: opens one heart, you bid two di­a­monds and he re­bids two hearts. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Part­ner’s two hearts shows min­i­mum val­ues, but you may have a slam if he has the right min­i­mum — with hon­ors such as the ace of clubs ( not the K- Q) and king of di­a­monds. Bid two spades. If he next bids 2NT, jump to four hearts to show slam in­ter­est with club short­ness. East dealer N- S vul­ner­a­ble

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