Los Angeles Times - - Comics - Frank Ste­wart

This week’s deals have fea­tured end plays. To test your skill, look at to­day’s North-South cards and plan how you’ll make four hearts when West leads the jack of spades in re­sponse to East’s over­call.

I hope your con­cep­tion of the play is bet­ter than the ac­tual South’s. He ruffed the third spade with a high trump and drew trumps. South next took the ace of clubs and led a club to dummy’s queen, even though East’s bid at the level of two sug­gested that he had the king. East duly took two clubs for down one.

Club shift

If South as­sumes that East has the king of clubs, South should try for an end play.

He must start by cov­er­ing West’s jack of spades with dummy’s queen. (If in­stead dummy plays low, East may sig­nal low, and West may shift to a dam­ag­ing club.)

South ruffs the third spade, draws trumps, takes the top di­a­monds and ruffs a di­a­mond. He leads dummy’s last spade — and dis­cards a club when East cov­ers. East must then lead from the king of clubs or yield a ruff-sluff.

♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ ♥ ♥ South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble WEST J6 75 J9763 10 9 8 7 SOUTH 1 4 NORTH Q532 K 10 8 4 10 5 Q43 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ EAST A K 10 9 7 63 Q82 KJ6 SOUTH 84 AQJ92 AK4 A52 NORTH 2 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ WEST Pass All Pass

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