Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

In the club lounge, some­one asked my friend the English pro­fes­sor if he could spell the word “part” back­wards.

“Don’t do it,” I warned the prof. “It’s a trap.”

In to­day’s deal, the de­fend­ers set a trap for de­clarer and he fell in. Against 3NT, West led the four of hearts: three, king, ace. South then led a di­a­mond, West played the three, dummy the 10 ... and East smoothly fol­lowed with the four.

De­clarer re­turned a club to his king and led a sec­ond di­a­mond, and West played the jack. South may have been wary, but he fi­nessed with the queen. When East took the king, dummy was stone dead, and South was lucky to go down only one.

West did well to play the jack on the sec­ond di­a­mond. If he plays the nine, South may go up with dummy’s ace. He will know that he can’t bring in the di­a­monds if West had K-J-9-3.

Af­ter the 10 of di­a­monds wins, de­clarer can take the A-K of clubs and lead a third club. When clubs break 3-3, he has nine win­ners with­out the di­a­monds.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ AJ63 ♥ AQ ♦ 65 ♣ A K 9 3 2. You open one club, your part­ner re­sponds one di­a­mond, you bid one spade and he re­bids two di­a­monds. South in to­day’s deal then bid 3NT. Do you agree with his call?

An­swer: Since South’s bid of one spade was not forc­ing, and North’s two di­a­monds was not en­cour­ag­ing, for South to leap to game was il­log­i­cal, es­pe­cially since he had no help for the di­a­monds. A bid of 2NT would have been plenty.

South dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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