Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart

“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.

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