Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

The af­ter­noon penny game had ended, and Rose showed me to­day’s deal. She had been East.

“When North-South bid four spades,” she said, “I won­dered whether I should sac­ri­fice at five hearts. We would be down only one.”

“If the hearts lay a bit dif­fer­ently,” I ob­served, “your ‘sac­ri­fice’ could turn into a make. But who was South?” “Un­lucky Louie,” Rose replied. “Then sac­ri­fic­ing is less at­trac­tive,” I said. “Louie may find a way to go down at four spades.”

“He ruffed the sec­ond di­a­mond,” Rose said, “drew trumps, at­tacked the clubs and lost three clubs. Down one.” End play: Af­ter Louie ruffs the sec­ond di­a­mond (not best de­fense), he can lead a trump to dummy, ruff the last di­a­mond, re­turn a trump to dummy and lead a heart to his ten. (For East to play the king won’t help the de­fense.) When West wins, he is end-played. Whether he leads a di­a­mond — con­ced­ing a ruff-sluff — or re­turns a heart or a club, Louie gets his 10th trick.

Avoid tak­ing sac­ri­fices against a weak de­clarer.

Daily question

You hold: ♠ AQ1095 ♥ AJ10 ♦ 7 ♣ K 9 8 5. You open one spade, and your part­ner raises to two spades. The op­po­nents pass. What do you say?

An­swer: Game is pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially if part­ner has help for your sec­ond suit. You will be a fa­vorite at four spades if he has K 8 4 3,

7 6 5, J 6 5 3, A 2. But if his hand is K843,8765,KJ6,64,youneedto stay low. If you judge to try for game, bid three clubs, ask­ing him to pay at­ten­tion to his club hold­ing. West dealer

Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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