DAILY BRIDGE CLUB

Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

Some de­cep­tive de­fen­sive plays give de­clarer a chance to go wrong. For in­stance, de­clarer (South) has K-J-4 in dummy, A-9-3-2 in his hand. He leads to the jack, win­ning, and takes the king. If West had Q-10-6, he must play the queen, the card he is known to hold, on the king to give de­clarer a los­ing op­tion.

Other de­fen­sive ma­neu­vers al­most com­pel de­clarer to fail. Against to­day’s 3NT, West leads the ten of hearts: queen, king. South ducks twice and wins the third heart. Dummy dis­cards a di­a­mond. If the di­a­mond fi­nesse wins, South can hope for four di­a­monds, four clubs and a spade. But at Trick Four, he lets the nine of spades ride, hop­ing (per­haps ques­tion­ably) for three spades, four clubs, a di­a­mond and a heart.

Fi­nesse: Say East takes the queen and leads a di­a­mond. South must fi­nesse, and he makes his game. But East wins with the ACE of spades and leads a di­a­mond.

Now South will need a crys­tal ball to suc­ceed. He will take the ace and re­peat the spade fi­nesse, and East will win and cash his king of di­a­monds for down one. Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ 653 ♥ 109874 ♦ 84 ♣ 9 6 3. Your part­ner opens 1NT. The next player passes. What do you say?

An­swer: I hope you don’t hold hands like this of­ten. De­spite your weak­ness, to pass will usu­ally be wrong. Bid two hearts to sign off (or, if your part­ner­ship uses “trans­fer” re­sponses, bid two di­a­monds and pass part­ner’s two hearts). At notrump, your hand will prob­a­bly be worthless. At hearts, it will fur­nish a trick or two. South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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