Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart

Cy the Cynic tried mar­riage once. He says that sac­ri­fices were once made at the al­tar — and still are.

Some sac­ri­fices are still win­ners at the bridge ta­ble. At to­day’s 3NT, de­clarer ducked the first spade in both hands. He won the next spade with the ace and led a club to his queen, win­ning.

South next led a di­a­mond. West ac­cu­rately rose with his ace and led a third spade. East threw a di­a­mond, and South won. He led a di­a­mond to dummy and re­turned a sec­ond club, and when East’s king came up, South played low and claimed the rest when West fol­lowed.

South could have made 3NT by lead­ing a low club af­ter his queen won. When he led a di­a­mond, he could have been de­feated. When West wins and leads a third spade, East must sac­ri­fice his king of clubs, a card that can be of no value any­way.

South has eight tricks — two in each suit — but that is all he can take. He can’t set up the clubs with­out los­ing to West’s jack.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ 63 ♥ QJ62 ♦ 97654 ♣ K 8. Your part­ner opens one heart, the next player over­calls one spade, you raise to two hearts and left-hand op­po­nent bids two spades. Two passes fol­low. What do you say?

An­swer: You don’t have many points. Still, bid three hearts. The key fea­ture is your four good trumps. In com­pet­i­tive partscore sit­u­a­tions when the high-card strength in evenly di­vided, tend to com­pete to the three level when you have nine trumps. South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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