BRIDGE

Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart

Rose, our club mem­ber whose mod­esty and gen­eros­ity are worth em­u­lat­ing, ap­pre­ci­ates see­ing the game played well, even by an op­po­nent.

Rose was to­day’s de­clarer at four spades, and West led the jack of clubs. East was Ed, the club ex­pert. He took the ace, pon­dered and led ... the king of di­a­monds. If Rose took dummy’s ace, drew trumps and started the hearts, West would sig­nal “count,” and Ed would win the sec­ond heart. Dummy would be dead, and de­clarer would lose a club and a di­a­mond for down one.

So Rose let the king of di­a­monds win, pre­serv­ing dummy’s en­try. But then Ed shifted back to clubs, set­ting up a trick he cashed when he took the ace of hearts. Down one.

“Well de­fended,” Rose said. “Thanks,” Ed nod­ded.

Bridge is com­pet­i­tive — tour­na­ments are in­tensely so — but if all you care about is win­ning, you miss a lot. Even in tour­na­ments, play­ers of­ten hire ex­pert part­ners just for the plea­sure of see­ing the game played well.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ 85 ♥ A62 ♦ KJ10 ♣ AQ1083. Both sides vul­ner­a­ble. The dealer, at your right, opens one spade. What do you say?

An­swer: To bid two clubs is pos­si­ble, but a two-level over­call in a bro­ken suit risks be­ing dou­bled and clob­bered, and the low-rank­ing club suit of­fers lim­ited hope of buy­ing the con­tract at a low level. Many ex­perts would dou­ble. A case ex­ists for pass­ing. There is no right An­swer: Act as the spirit moves you. East dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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