Bridge

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Un­lucky Louie has been spend­ing time with his pre­co­cious 6-year-old grand­daugh­ter.

“We watch TV to­gether,” Louie told me. “Not to brag, but those prob­lems Dora the Ex­plorer takes a half-hour to solve, I can do in 12 to 15 min­utes.” “Quite im­pres­sive,” I ad­mit­ted. Louie’s prob­lem-solv­ing skills at bridge are a bit sus­pect. As de­clarer at to­day’s four spades, he took the ace of di­a­monds, led a trump to dummy and dis­carded his los­ing heart on the king of di­a­monds. Alas, West ruffed and led his last trump, and Louie was stuck with three club losers. Down one.

Louie needed The Map or Back­pack or help from some­where; he went down at a cold game. To suc­ceed, Louie sim­ply takes the ace of clubs at Trick Two and con­cedes a club.

If East wins and shifts to a trump, Louie wins with the ace, ruffs a club in dummy and dis­cards a heart on the king of di­a­monds. West ruffs, but Louie is sure of 10 tricks: seven trumps in his hand, a di­a­mond, a club and a club ruff in dummy.

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