Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart

My friend Ed­die Kan­tar is a su­perb tech­ni­cian. Kan­tar was de­clarer at to­day’s five di­a­monds. North’s dou­ble was neg­a­tive, sug­gest­ing length in both mi­nor suits but not enough strength to bid at the level of two.

Af­ter West led his sin­gle­ton queen of hearts, the con­tract looked im­pos­si­ble: The de­fense could take a trump, a spade and a heart ruff. But when Kan­tar won with dummy’s king and led a trump to his queen, West played low, ex­pect­ing that on the next trump, East would sig­nal the lo­ca­tion of his en­try.

That gave Kan­tar a chance. Know­ing that West must hold both miss­ing trumps, Kan­tar took the ace

of clubs, led to the jack and cashed the king. When East dis­carded, Kan­tar led dummy’s fourth club ... and threw his spade loser.

West won, but since East could no longer gain the lead, West’s ace of trumps won the de­fender’s last trick.

Mak­ing five. Ed­die Kan­tar knows loser-on-loser plays.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ Q ♥A J 9 8 ♦ K Q 9 5 3 ♣ A 4 3. You elect to open one heart, as did South in to­day’s deal. Your part­ner re­sponds one spade, you bid two di­a­monds and he re­bids two spades. What do you say?

An­swer: Part­ner has six or more spades with fewer than 10 points, and if his hand is min­i­mum, eight tricks may be your limit. But if he has K J 10 9 5 3,4, J 2, K 8 6 5, four spades will have a fine chance. Raise to three spades. Do not bid notrump. You need to play at spades.

South dealer Nei­ther side vul­ner­a­ble 2015, Tri­bune Con­tent Agency

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