Chicago Sun-Times



Un­lucky Louie at­tributes his losses to bad luck, but he is no more or less lucky than any­one else in my club. Luck is largely a mat­ter of pay­ing attention, and Louie doesn’t.

Louie was to­day’s South. Against his five di­a­monds dou­bled, West led the king of clubs. Louie ruffed, drew trumps, took the ace of spades and led a sec­ond spade: eight, 10, king.

East led an­other club, and Louie ruffed. He took the queen of spades but even­tu­ally lost two hearts to go down.

Louie wasn’t pay­ing attention: His play could never work.

Af­ter Louie ruffs the first club, he can reach dummy with trumps to ruff two more clubs. Louie then draws the miss­ing trump, takes the ace of spades and leads a sec­ond spade, play­ing low from dummy. (At that point, Louie can place East with 2-7-1-3 pat­tern.)

When East wins, he has only hearts left. If he leads a low heart, Louie wins in dummy, gets to his hand by ruff­ing a club, leads a spade to the 10 and wins his 11th trick with the queen.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ Q1064 ♥ KJ7 ♦ Q9 ♣ J 8 7 2. Your part­ner opens one spade, you bid two spades and he tries three hearts. What do you say?

An­swer: Part­ner’s three hearts is a try for game and asks you to pay spe­cial attention to your hold­ing in his sec­ond suit. If you have a dou­ble fit, you may make game with fewer than 26 high-card points. Though your mi­nor-suit hon­ors may be worth­less, bid four spades. Part­ner may hold AKJ53, AQ632, 75, 4. North dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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