Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

Dummy play in­volves counting sure win­ners (or, at a high-level suit con­tract, maybe pos­si­ble losers), then devel­op­ing ad­di­tional win­ners.

To­day’s North-South might have reached five diamonds but, rea­son­ably enough, land at the cheaper notrump game. West leads the queen of spades, and South wins and has plenty of win­ners: two spades, two hearts, four clubs and three diamonds.

But if South at­tacks the diamonds, he will fail. The de­fense will win, force out South’s sec­ond high spade and cash at least three spades when they take their other high di­a­mond.

South can’t suc­ceed with the diamonds. He must look to hearts. A win­ning fi­nesse with dummy’s jack will pro­vide a ninth trick, but two fi­nesses are bet­ter than one. At Trick Two, South gets an ex­tra chance by lead­ing the nine and let­ting it ride if West plays low.

If the nine lost to the 10, South would win the spade re­turn and try a heart to the jack. If both fi­nesses lost, he would be en­ti­tled to grum­ble.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ AK ♥ 98 ♦ Q10962 ♣ K Q 10 7. You open one di­a­mond, your part­ner re­sponds one heart, you bid two clubs and he re­bids two hearts. What do you say?

An­swer: Part­ner prob­a­bly has a six-card heart suit (rarely, he will have a seven-carder or strong five-carder) but at most 10 points. With 8 7,

A Q 10 6 5 2, J 5, A 6 3, he would jump to three hearts, in­vi­ta­tional. Pass. Game is un­likely, and his hand may win tricks only if hearts are trumps. South dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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