Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Stewart

Un­lucky Louie is in the mid­dle in­come range. Un­for­tu­nately, when he plays in the money games at my club, he’s in the up­per out- go range.

When I watched to­day’s deal, Louie was South and stopped timidly at six hearts. North left the ta­ble to get a drink and was aghast when he sneaked a look at Louie’s hand.

“You didn’t bid seven with that?” North said. “What do you want, a writ­ten guar­an­tee?”

“I know my lim­i­ta­tions,” Louie replied. He took the ace of clubs, led a diamond to his ace and cashed the ace of trumps. West showed out, and Louie nod­ded grimly. He took three more high trumps and led a spade to the ace. East ruffed and cashed the diamond king. Down one at six hearts!

Louie was un­lucky to find East with all f ive miss­ing trumps and no spades. But Louie let 1,430 points go out the win­dow. At trick two he should ruff a club. He then takes his four high trumps and con­cedes the f ifth trump. He can win the diamond re­turn and claim.

Ques­tion: You hold ♠AK 98 4 2 ♥ None ♦ 10 7 4 ♣ AK 9 7. You open one spade, your part­ner re­sponds 1NT, you try two clubs and he bids two hearts. The op­po­nents pass. What do you say?

An­swer: A re­bid of two spades would be de­fen­si­ble, but part­ner may have no tol­er­ance for spades at all; his hand may take a few tricks only if hearts are trumps. When the deal is a mis­fit, don’t tempt fate. Stop bid­ding. I would pass.

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