Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Stewart

The time to take a nap is not when you’re de­fend­ing against a bold game.

To­day’s East sig­naled with the queen on the first heart, and West con­tin­ued with a low heart. South ruffed the third heart and ca­su­ally cashed his ace of clubs: seven, three, deuce. He next led a trump to dummy, re­turned a diamond to his queen, took the ace and got back with a trump to ruff the last diamond.

South then ex­ited with a club. West had to win and lead a red card, and de­clarer dis­carded dummy’s last club, ruffed in his hand and claimed.

West must have been catch­ing up on his sleep. When South takes the ace of clubs at Trick Four, West must be awake enough to re­al­ize that South can’t have the queen, else he would have re­tained the chance to fi­nesse.

If West dumps his king of clubs un­der the ace, South can’t bring off his end play and goes down one.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ 83 ♥A K 7 2 ♦ J 8 5 4 2 ♣ K 7. Your part­ner opens one club. The next player bids two spades (pre­emp­tive). What do you say?

An­swer: A bid of three di­a­monds would com­mit you to game. You lack the val­ues for that, but you must do some­thing; the player at your left may be about to raise the spades.

A player in a prac­ticed part­ner­ship would make a neg­a­tive dou­ble to show a fair hand (at least) with length and strength in the un­bid suits.

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