Los Angeles Times - - At the Movies - Frank Ste­wart

If you give up for a sec­ond, that’s where you’ll fin­ish. A de­fender can’t put his brain in power-sav­ing mode just be­cause he holds a weak hand.

To­day’s West led the queen of spades against South’s four hearts, and South played low from dummy. East, who had de­spaired of win­ning the rub­ber when he picked up his hand, sig­naled list­lessly with the eight.

South won the next spade, drew trumps, and led the ace and then a low di­a­mond. West took his king and counted 10 tricks for de­clarer: seven trumps, a spade and two di­a­monds. So West cashed his ace of clubs, hop­ing East had the king, but South claimed the rest. Mak­ing four.

One Chance

East blew his one chance to af­fect the re­sult. Since West’s dou­ble sug­gested at least three cards in spades, East had noth­ing to lose — and much to gain — by over­tak­ing the queen of spades with his king at trick one.

East then shifts to a club up to weak­ness. West takes the ace and jack, ex­its safely and scores a di­a­mond trick later. 2010, Tribune Me­dia Ser­vices

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