Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Stewart

Ac­cord­ing to Cy the Cynic, a typ­i­cal politi­cian stands on what he thinks his con­stituents will fall for. In to­day’s deal from a team match, South wasn’t run­ning for of­fice; he was try­ing to steal nine tricks.

North- South reached 3NT with spades — East’s suit — well stopped. Un­for­tu­nately, South was wide open in a dif­fer­ent suit. Both Wests led the nine of spades, and East took the ace.

At the f irst ta­ble, South fol­lowed with the four. East then knew South had two spade stop­pers, and a spade con­tin­u­a­tion was fu­tile. So East shifted to the four of hearts. West won and re­turned a heart, and the de­fense took three more hearts. Down one.

In the other room, South did what he could to dis­suade East from shift­ing: On the ace of spades, he played his jack.

East might have shifted any­way, but he thought he could set up his spades with the ace of hearts as an en­try. So East led another spade, and South won and cashed eight tricks in the mi­nor suits to make 3NT.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ A Q 10 6 3 ♥A 9 4 ♦ 6 ♣ 10 9 8 3. Your part­ner opens one diamond, you re­spond one spade and he raises to two spades. What do you say?

An­swer: If your side isn’t vul­ner­a­ble and has less to gain by mak­ing a game, you might set­tle for a bid of three clubs as a try for game. If in­stead you’re vul­ner­a­ble, I’d rec­om­mend a dif­fer­ent game try: Bid game and try to make it. I’d bid four spades and let the de­fense try to beat it.

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