Los Angeles Times - - Calendar - Frank Ste­wart

I found Un­lucky Louie in the lounge, en­meshed in his end-of-the-month rit­ual: two out of three falls with a pile of credit card bills.

“My wife has so many credit cards,” Louie growled, “her purse points north.”

Try­ing to pay off his MasterCard bill, Louie bid a skinny heart game af­ter North’s in­vi­ta­tional raise. West led the king of spades, East sig­naled with the eight (not best) and West con­tin­ued with the 10. East won and shifted to the 10 of clubs.

Louie played the queen, but when West’s king cov­ered, Louie had to lose a di­a­mond and a club. Down one.

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Louie should have taken the cash. He can place West with the king of clubs; East wouldn’t sig­nal high in spades at Trick One if he had the king of clubs. Louie should play low on East’s club shift and take the ace.

Louie then can draw trumps, ruff his last spade in dummy, cash the A-K of di­a­monds and exit with a club.

For once, his luck is in: West must win and con­cede a ruff-sluff and the con­tract.

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