“The man was born with a silver horseshoe in his mouth,’’ Unlucky Louie sighed. Louie was talking about Harlow the Halo, my club’s luckiest player, whose errors never cost.
Louie was South in a team match; he and North stopped safely at two hearts.
“Harlow was South at the other table,” Louie said, “and he boomed into game, trusting to luck. Sure enough, West led a spade. Harlow took the queen and had to get rid of a club loser quickly. He played off three rounds of diamonds, but East ruffed low.”
The Halo overruffed, returned a spade to dummy and led a fourth diamond: ruff, overruff. He next threw a club from dummy on his ace of spades, ruffed his last spade in dummy and led a fifth diamond. East discarded, and Harlow threw a club. West ruffed, but when Harlow got back in, he led a trump, and the A-K fell together. Making four.
“Did Harlow admit he was lucky?”
“No,” Louie said. “He said the contract was a laydown.”
Question: You hold: ♠ A Q82 ♥ J 10 7 6 2 ♦Q 2 ♣ 4 3. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart and he bids one spade. What do you say?
Answer: The question is how many spades to bid. A raise to two would be conservative. A raise to three would be bold. You can’t bid two and a half spades, but because of the strong trumps and the useful queen in part- ner’s first suit, I would take the high road and bid three spades to invite game strongly.