Los Angeles Times - - Calendar - Frank Ste­wart

“I don’t know how to change peo­ple,” a club player told me sourly, “but I have a list of prospec­tive can­di­dates if I ever find out.”

My friend was un­happy with his part­ner’s de­ci­sions in to­day’s deal (and so was his part­ner, I imag­ine). When South re­sponded three di­a­monds to North’s dou­ble, West com­peted with three hearts, rea­son­ably enough. But when North tried three spades and South passed from fright, West bailed out his op­po­nents by dou­bling. South ran to four di­a­monds, and West dou­bled again out of pique.

At trick two, West shifted to the king of spades. South took the ace and led the king of clubs. West won (not best) and tried to cash a spade, but South ruffed and then ar­ranged to ruff two hearts in dummy, draw trumps and run the clubs. He made an over­trick, but no de­fense would have stopped 10 tricks.

I don’t blame East for be­ing up­set. It’s a mis­take to dou­ble the only con­tract you can beat. When North bid three spades, West should have been de­lighted to pass.

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