Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

“Fail­ure has gone to his head,” Rose told me in the club lounge.

She meant Un­lucky Louie, who as­cribes his bad re­sults to bad luck de­spite all the ev­i­dence to the con­trary. Rose has taken on Louie as a pro­ject, in­sist­ing that he’s not as bad as his scores in­di­cate.

“I’m not en­cour­aged,” Rose said, show­ing me to­day’s deal.

Louie was de­clarer at 3NT, and the de­fense teed off with four club tricks. On the fourth club, Louie had to find a dis­card and threw ... the jack of di­a­monds. West next led the king of di­a­monds to dummy’s ace. When the hearts failed to break evenly, Louie took only eight tricks.

“He must pitch a heart on the fourth club,” Rose said. “The chance of a win­ning di­a­mond fi­nesse is greater than a 3-3 heart break. Louie said he knew that quite well, but with his luck, hearts would break 3-3 and the di­a­mond fi­nesse would lose.”

Don’t adopt an in­fe­rior per­cent­age line of play with­out a com­pelling rea­son. A sense of bad luck isn’t com­pelling enough.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ Q1098 ♥ AKQ5 ♦ QJ ♣ Q 9 4. The dealer, at your right, opens two di­a­monds (a weak two-bid). You dou­ble, and your part­ner re­sponds two spades. What do you say?

An­swer: Your 16-point hand is worth less. Your Q-J of di­a­monds may be worth noth­ing, and you have only one ace and one king. Your dou­ble promised at least open­ing val­ues, and part­ner’s two spades prom­ises noth­ing. Pass. He may need ev­ery­thing you hold to win eight tricks.

South dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble


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