Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STEWART

“I made an­other spec­u­la­tive in­vest­ment,” Un­lucky Louie told me in the club lounge. He has beaten his head against Wall Street for years. “I bought into a company that makes glass cas­kets.”

“What sort of busi­ness model is that?” I asked doubt­fully.

“Re­mains to be seen,” Louie shrugged.

Louie was de­clarer at to­day’s slam, and West led the queen of hearts. For once, Louie con­sid­ered care­fully — and then played low from dummy and ruffed in his hand. What he would dis­card on the ace ... re­mained to be seen.

Louie next led a low spade. West had to play low. If he rose with the ace, Louie would get a di­a­mond dis­card from dummy on the king later. When dummy’s queen won, Louie ruffed a heart, took the A-Q of trumps, dis­carded a spade on the ace of hearts and ruffed the last heart.

Louie then led the king of spades, and when West won, he was end­played. He had to lead a di­a­mond from his king or con­cede a fa­tal ruff­s­luff, and the slam was home.

Well timed, Louie.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ Q5 ♥ A753 ♦ Q9 ♣ Q 9 8 7 2. The dealer, at your left, opens one spade. Your part­ner dou­bles, and you bid two hearts. The open­ing bid­der re­bids two spades, and two passes fol­low. What do you say?

An­swer: You re­sponded two hearts to aim to­ward the most likely game. (If you held 7 5, A Q 5 3,

Q 9, Q 9 8 7 2, you could have jumped to three hearts.) Don’t sell out at the two level when you have this much strength. Bid three clubs. West dealer

Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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