BRIDGE

Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart

In­com­plete max­ims: A penny saved is a penny, no news is good, and let by­gones be.

It’s of­ten wrong to draw trumps too soon. It can also be wrong to fin­ish draw­ing them once you start. At to­day’s four hearts, South ruffed the third di­a­mond and drew all the trumps.

He took his spade tricks for a club dis­card, and led the ace and a sec­ond club. West played low, and East took the king and led an­other di­a­mond. De­clarer ruffed but lost the last trick to West’s queen of clubs.

Af­ter South ruffs the third di­a­mond, he can take the K-A of trumps but must not fin­ish what he started. He next cashes his spade tricks and ace of clubs and ex­its with a club.

South’s luck is in: His “par­tial elim­i­na­tion” lands the con­tract. When East takes the king of clubs, he must lead a spade or a di­a­mond. South dis­cards his last club, ruffs in dummy and wins the last two tricks with high trumps.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ Q5 ♥ AQJ104 ♦ 83 ♣ A532. You open one heart, your part­ner re­sponds one spade, you bid two clubs and he bids two di­a­monds. What do you say? An­swer: Part­ner’s bid of a new suit is forc­ing; you must de­cide what your most de­scrip­tive third bid will be. I would not be ea­ger to bid 2NT, nor would I want to take a two-spade pref­er­ence with only a dou­ble­ton. Bid two hearts, show­ing a six­card suit or a strong five­carder.

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