DAILY BRIDGE CLUB

Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

An­other of those change­able signs in front of a church in my town: “Adam and Eve were the first peo­ple who didn’t take time to read an Ap­ple user agree­ment.”

East found a most devil­ish defense in today’s deal. Against four hearts, West led the four of di­a­monds, and East took the ace. He could have shifted to the queen of clubs to win two more tricks, but then de­clarer would pick up the king of trumps and queen of spades — his per­cent­age play in both suits was to fi­nesse — and take the rest.

So South’s game looked un­beat­able — un­til at the sec­ond trick, East led ... the deuce of spades!

South won in dummy, but the terms and con­di­tions were ob­vi­ous: From his point of view, the deuce had to be a sin­gle­ton. If South lost a trump fi­nesse to West, East might ruff a spade re­turn.

So South cashed the ace of trumps. He next led high spades. To his amaze­ment, East ruffed the third spade and led the queen of clubs, and the defense got two clubs for down one.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ 643 ♥ AQ9742 ♦ Q9 ♣ K 5. Your part­ner opens one club, you re­spond one heart and he bids one spade. What do you say?

An­swer: I con­sider this a close case. The text­book ac­tion with 11 high-card points and a de­cent six­card heart suit is a jump to three hearts, invit­ing game, and I would choose that call if vul­ner­a­ble. Since the hearts are ragged and the value of the queen of di­a­monds is un­cer­tain, a timid re­bid of two hearts might work best.

North dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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