Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Stewart

Against four spades, my friend’s wife led the king and a low diamond, and he took the A- Q.

“She dis­carded the deuce of clubs,” East said. “I knew I’d bet­ter heed that, so I led a fourth diamond. De­clarer dis­carded a heart, and my wife ruffed with her 10 of trumps for down one. If South ruffs with a high trump in his hand, I win a trump trick.”

Ac­tu­ally, South can al­ways suc­ceed. He ruffs the fourth diamond with the ace and takes the K- Q. When West’s 10 falls, South can cash the A- K of hearts, ruff a heart, over­take his queen of clubs with dummy’s king and lead a high heart.

If East ruffs with the six, South over­ruffs with the seven, draws East’s last trump and wins the 13th trick with the ace of clubs. If East dis­cards at Trick 11, South dis­cards the ace of clubs, and East’s trumps are couped.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠9 ♥ AK Q J 6 ♦ 9 6 2 ♣ K 8 5 3. Your part­ner opens one spade, you bid two hearts, he re­bids two spades and you try three clubs. Part­ner then bids three di­a­monds. What do you say?

An­swer: In the­ory, part­ner shows six spades and four di­a­monds, but he may have a min­i­mum 5- 5 hand or may have meant three di­a­monds as a “fourth suit” bid, show­ing dis­tress. Bid 3NT, which will be best op­po­site A K8 6 4 3, 2, 10 5 3,A Q 2. A three- heart re­bid would also be rea­son­able.

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