Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

Ed, the club ex­pert, was telling me what a per­verse ex­er­cise bridge can be.

“You think you play well,” Ed said, “but the cards de­mur.”

As to­day’s West, Ed led a trump against four spades. South won, lost a club, won East’s trump re­turn and led a sec­ond club.

“I took my ace,” Ed said, “and led a third trump. De­clarer lost a third club and a heart. He couldn’t use dummy’s di­a­monds.”

“Good lead.”

“So I thought,” Ed said. “But at Trick Two, South can play a low di­a­mond from both hands. Later he draws trumps, takes the top di­a­monds, ruffs a di­a­mond and goes to the ace of hearts for the good fifth di­a­mond.”

The killing lead was a heart, threat­en­ing dummy’s late en­try to the good di­a­mond. South con­cedes a club, wins the next heart and con­cedes a club. East cashes a heart and leads the 13th heart. South must ruff high in his hand, and West throws his last club. When South tries to ruff his last club, West ruffs high in front of dummy.

Hard game, bridge!

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ 542 ♥ A53

♦ AK543 ♣ Q 10. Your part­ner opens one club, you bid one di­a­mond and he jumps to three clubs. What do you say?

An­swer: Your part­ner’s jump in his own suit shows a good six-card or seven-card suit with about 16 high-card points. If he has a min­i­mum hand such as A 3, K 6 4, 7 2, A K J 9 5 3, six clubs will be a fine con­tract, and you might bid it di­rectly. If you pre­fer to in­ves­ti­gate, bid three hearts and sup­port the clubs next.

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