DAILY BRIDGE CLUB

Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

I was re­lax­ing in the club lounge when some­one asked which game was older, bridge or Mo­nop­oly.

“Con­tract bridge was de­vised in 1925,” Rose of­fered. “Mo­nop­oly was first mar­keted in 1935, but the game was in­vented many years be­fore that.”

“Mo­nop­oly has to be an old game,” Cy the Cynic ob­served. “There’s a lux­ury tax, and rich peo­ple ac­tu­ally go to jail.”

Some of the “rules” of bridge have been around since the days of its pre­de­ces­sors, such as whist; for in­stance, “sec­ond hand low.” But rules are al­ways sus­pect.

In to­day’s deal, West leads a spade against 3NT, and South plays dummy’s queen, win­ning. When dummy leads a di­a­mond next, East must put up his king: “sec­ond hand high.” This play has noth­ing to lose. If South has the A-Q, East’s king is trapped any­way.

But East must strive to win an early trick to re­turn a spade, hop­ing to set up West’s suit while West still has an en­try. In this deal, South can make 3NT if East plays low on the first di­a­mond.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ KJ963 ♥ 843 ♦ A93 ♣ 9 6. Your part­ner opens 1NT, show­ing 16 to 18 points. The next player passes. What do you say?

An­swer: To bid two clubs, Stay­man, is pos­si­ble, but most play­ers would is­sue a “trans­fer” re­sponse. They would bid two hearts, oblig­ing opener to bid two spades. Then they would bid 2NT, of­fer­ing him the op­tions of pass­ing or bid­ding three spades, four spades or 3NT, depend­ing on his strength and spade sup­port.

South dealer

Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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