LIFE & CUL­TURE

Un­lucky Louie ob­serves that who­ever said there’s no point in cry­ing over spilt milk hasn’t seen the price of a gal­lon th­ese days.

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Frank Ste­wart Daily Ques­tion:

Louie is al­ways moan­ing about “bad luck.” When he was de­clarer at to­day’s four spades, he took the ace of hearts and cashed the king of trumps ... and East dis­carded.

“My luck,” Louie groaned. He took the A-Q of trumps and led a di­a­mond, duck­ing in dummy since the bid­ding marked East with the ace. East took the jack and led a high heart. Louie ruffed and ducked an­other di­a­mond, but when East won with the queen, Louie lost a club plus a trump. Down one.

I’ll spill the beans. In­stead of ca­pit­u­lat­ing to bad luck, Louie can over­come it. He can lead a di­a­mond from dummy at Trick Two. Say East wins and shifts to a club. Louie takes the ace and ducks a di­a­mond.

If East leads an­other club, Louie wins in dummy and ruffs a di­a­mond. He takes the A-K of trumps and dis­cards his last club on a good di­a­mond, los­ing one trump and two di­a­monds.

You hold: K5 A7 4 ( K7643 $ K 6 3. You open one di­a­mond, your part­ner re­sponds one spade, you bid 1NT and he tries two hearts. What do you say?

An­swer: Part­ner’s se­cond bid is not forc­ing or en­cour­ag­ing. The only ques­tion is which ma­jor suit should be trumps? Since part­ner’s bid­ding prom­ises longer spades, bid two spades. He will of­ten do bet­ter at a 5-2 fit. Nev­er­the­less, on some oc­ca­sions, to pass two hearts would be the win­ning ac­tion.

by Dana Sum­mers

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