DAILY BRIDGE CLUB

Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

Ma­jor League Base­ball keeps care­ful records. Play­ers have their er­rors noted ev­ery day. (If I were mak­ing $12 mil­lion a year, I could stand that much scru­tiny.) But most bridge-ta­ble er­rors go un­recorded.

At six spades, South took the ace of di­a­monds, drew trumps and led a club to fi­nesse with his jack. West took the king and led an­other di­a­mond to dummy. De­clarer then cashed the A-Q of clubs. When West dis­carded, South ruffed his last club in dummy and tried a heart to his queen. Alas, down one.

If you were the of­fi­cial scorer, would you give South an er­ror?

South missed an ex­tra chance. He can take the A-K of di­a­monds, ruff dummy’s last di­a­mond and cash the ace of clubs. He draws trumps and leads a club from dummy to his jack. When West wins, he is end-played; he must con­cede a ruff-sluff or lead a heart from his king.

If East had the king of clubs, South would still be safe. He could lead a third club to­ward his queen, set­ting up a heart dis­card in dummy.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ 7 ♥ J8732 ♦ Q75 ♣ 10 9 8 7. Both sides vul­ner­a­ble. The dealer, at your left, opens one club, your part­ner bids one heart and the next player passes. What do you say?

An­swer: Bid three hearts. A jumpraise of a sim­ple over­call is weak and pre­emp­tive. With game in­ter­est, you could cue-bid two clubs. At fa­vor­able vul­ner­a­bil­ity, you might jump to four hearts, but ad­verse vul­ner­a­bil­ity sug­gests dis­cre­tion.

South dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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