Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

When to­day’s South opened one heart, North’s 2NT re­sponse was a con­ven­tional forc­ing raise. South’s three hearts showed slam in­ter­est — he would have bid four hearts if he were con­tent to play there — and they reached a good slam.

West led the jack of spades. De­clarer won and led a trump to dummy’s ace ... and East dis­carded.

“It’s like play­ing the lot­tery,” South growled. “You never know how Lady Luck will treat you.”

“Lots of peo­ple fail to win the lot­tery,” North said mildly. “Don’t take it per­son­ally.”

South re­turned a trump to his king and next led a di­a­mond to dummy’s queen. The fi­nesse lost, and the re­sult was down one.

South’s play was un­lucky — and thought­less. At Trick Two he must take the king of trumps. Even if West dis­cards, South’s slam is safe. South con­tin­ues with a trump to dummy’s ace, a sec­ond high spade and three high clubs. He ruffs his last club in dummy, and if East doesn’t over­ruff, South ex­its with a trump to end-play him.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ AK ♥ KJ1053 ♦ 76 ♣ A K 9 6. The dealer, at your right, opens two di­a­monds (a weak twobid). What do you say?

An­swer: Your op­po­nent’s pre­empt has done its job, tak­ing away room you need to de­scribe your hand. To dou­ble would be rea­son­able, plan­ning to try three hearts if part­ner re­sponded two spades. My pref­er­ence would be to over­call two hearts. Then if he bid spades with no en­cour­age­ment, I could raise. South dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble


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