The Daily Herald - - GOOD LIFE - Tri­bune Con­tent Agency

On June 20, I was in Birm­ing­ham for “The Long­est Day,” an an­nual ef­fort by ACBL clubs to ben­e­fit the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion. The next day, I en­joyed din­ner and a fun bridge game with some old friends and for­mer team­mates.

As South, I opened one heart and re­bid two hearts with my min­i­mum, but when North next tried three di­a­monds, I felt obliged to make a move: My heart suit was self-sus­tain­ing, and my king of spades looked use­ful.

I jumped to four hearts, and North, Doug Levene, bid slam. West led the king of clubs.

“Text­book” prob­lems oc­cur in real life, and this was such a case. Hav­ing writ­ten about loser-on-loser plays, I saw a sure-fire play. I took the ace of clubs, drew trumps, cashed the K-A of spades and led the jack. When East played low, I threw my club loser.

If West had won, I would have ruffed the club re­turn, led a di­a­mond to the ace and dis­carded a di­a­mond on a good spade. As the cards lay, I made an over­trick, but my slam was al­ways safe.

You hold: A J 10 9 5 Q6 A 732 A J. You open one spade, your part­ner re­sponds two hearts, you bid three di­a­monds and he re­bids three hearts. What do you say?

Though slam is pos­si­ble, part­ner may have min­i­mum val­ues for his twolevel re­sponse. More­over, your three di­a­monds (a “high re­verse”) showed sub­stan­tial ex­tra strength. Just raise to four hearts. An op­tion, if part­ner will treat it cor­rectly, is a cue bid of four clubs.

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