Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

Bad tim­ing can ruin a com­edy skit, a stock pur­chase, a golf swing or the ef­fi­ciency of a car’s en­gine. It was also de­clarer’s down­fall in to­day’s deal.

When West led a trump against four hearts, South rightly placed East with the queen. South won with dummy’s ace and next let the queen of spades ride. West won and led a sec­ond trump: deuce, 10, king.

De­clarer next took the A-J of spades to pitch a di­a­mond from dummy, cashed the K-A of di­a­monds and ruffed a di­a­mond. He took the ace of clubs, but when East won the next club and cashed his queen of trumps, South had a di­a­mond loser. Down one.

South mist­imed. If East has Q-10-6 of trumps (likely), South can’t let him get in af­ter his queen of trumps is a win­ner. At Trick Two, dummy leads a low club.

East wins and leads a spade. West takes the king and leads another trump, but South is safe. He wins with the king, takes two spades to pitch a di­a­mond from dummy, and cross­ruffs, los­ing only to East’s high trump.

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