BRIDGE

Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Stewart

To­day’s de­clarer was the no­to­ri­ous Joe Over­berry, who would rather go down try­ing for over­tricks than make his bid.

In a Chicago game, Joe leaped to four hearts at his sec­ond turn, rea­son­ably enough, and West dou­bled and led the king of spades. Joe ruffed and took the A-K of trumps. When East-West fol­lowed, he led a third trump.

West took the 10 and queen and led another spade, forc­ing out Joe’s last trump. Joe next tried to run the clubs, but East had a stop­per. So Joe had to lead a diamond, and West took the ace — and some spades. Three down.

“The man’s crazy,” North sobbed. “He won’t play safe even when he’s dou­bled.”

“If trumps split 3-3,” Joe said in­dig­nantly, “I make an over­trick.”

Joe’s play was hor­ri­ble even for him. Af­ter he takes the top trumps, he must force out the ace of di­a­monds. He ruffs the spade re­turn and cashes mi­nor­suit win­ners, los­ing two trumps and one diamond.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ A KQ 8 6 2 ♥ Q 10 7 4 ♦A 2 ♣ 7. You open one spade, and your part­ner re­sponds two clubs. The op­po­nents pass. What do you say?

An­swer: A jump to three spades would not be far off the mark, but you might miss a su­pe­rior heart fit if your part­ner held, say, four hearts and a low sin­gle­ton spade. Bid two hearts. If he next bids 2NT, you can con- tinue with three spades to sug­gest six spades, four hearts and ex­tra strength. North dealer E-W vul­ner­a­ble

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