Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

“Sim­ple Satur­day” col­umns teach ba­sic tech­nique and en­cour­age log­i­cal think­ing.

Some­times on de­fense, you can see that de­clarer is des­tined to suc­ceed un­less you give him a push in the wrong di­rec­tion. One type of de­cep­tive play is to win a trick with a higher card than nec­es­sary.

At to­day’s four hearts, South wins the first club, draws trumps, cashes his top di­a­monds and leads a spade to­ward dummy. West plays the three, dummy the eight. How should East de­fend?

East can in­fer that South has three low spades. If he had only two, he would have put up dummy’s king on the first spade, hop­ing to lose only one trick in the suit. South is hop­ing West holds the nine plus ei­ther the jack or queen.

If East wins with the nine, South will have no op­tion but to lead to dummy’s king later; he will make his game. But if East wins with the jack, South may stick to his plan by lead­ing a sec­ond spade to dummy’s 10. The de­fense will get three spades and a club for down one.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ 752 ♥ AKQ93 ♦ KQ4 ♣ A 2. Your part­ner opens one club, you jump to two hearts and he bids two spades. What do you say? An­swer: Your jump-shift flashed an im­me­di­ate slam sig­nal to part­ner, but your hand is not quite strong enough to in­sist on slam. Bid 2NT. You say your jump was based on a strong, bal­anced hand with a heart suit. (If you bid three clubs, you would say you jumped be­cause of a big club fit.) Let part­ner take it from here. South dealer

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