Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart

The de­fend­ers in­vari­ably have fewer en­tries than de­clarer. When you need an en­try in your part­ner’s hand, you may have to look hard for it.

In to­day’s deal, dummy’s ace of di­a­monds won, and de­clarer next took the A-K of trumps. He threw a heart from dummy on the king of di­a­monds and ex­ited with a trump.

West knew he needed two more tricks be­sides his ace of clubs. He led a heart — not a suc­cess. South won with the queen, took the ace, ruffed his last heart in dummy and con­ceded two clubs. Mak­ing four.

West looked for his part­ner’s en­try in the wrong place. West needed East to have one good card, but if East held the ace of hearts, West could lead a heart later. More­over, West could in­fer that if South needed heart dis­cards, he would have started the clubs af­ter he took the top trumps.

At trick five, West must lead a low club. When East takes the king, a heart shift beats the con­tract.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ Q9 4 ♥ K962 ♦ J 10 9 ♣ A53.The dealer, at your left, opens one club. Your part­ner dou­bles; the next player bids two clubs. What do you say?

An­swer: You have 10 points with four use­ful hon­ors; the K-Q of clubs op­po­site part­ner’s short­ness would be wasted, but the ace is work­ing. Jump to three hearts to in­vite game. Part­ner will bid four hearts with KJ32,A853,AQ82,2,and on a good day you will make game with an over­trick.

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