Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

In a life­time of bridge, I have never played a mis­take-free ses­sion. (Nei­ther has any­one else.) But I have learned that mis­takes are por­tals of dis­cov­ery.

In to­day’s deal, West led a heart against 3NT, and de­clarer let East’s queen win and played low again on the heart re­turn. When West led a third heart, East threw a spade, and South won.

South next led a spade to dummy and re­turned a club: five, queen, eight. He went back to dummy with a spade and led an­other club, and when East played low, South took the ace and led a third club, los­ing to the king. He had four club tricks and nine in all.

Third heart: If East puts up the king on the first or sec­ond club lead, South suc­ceeds by play­ing low. Still, both East and South erred. On the third heart, East must dis­card his king of clubs. South can’t set up the clubs with­out let­ting West get in to run the hearts.

South must win the sec­ond heart. Then he can man­age the clubs to set up the suit with­out los­ing a trick to West.

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