To­day’s South was the no­to­ri­ous Joe Over­berry, who thinks it’s no­bler to go down in pur­suit of an over­trick than to make what he bid. He drives his part­ners batty.

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Frank Ste­wart

Against four hearts, West led a spade in def­er­ence to East’s over­call. Joe took dummy’s ace and saw a pos­si­ble over­trick: Dummy’s di­a­monds might fur­nish a dis­card for the queen of clubs.

So Joe drew trumps with the A-K and led a di­a­mond to his king. On the next di­a­mond he fi­nessed with dummy’s ten, but East pro­duced the jack and led a club. Joe had to fi­nesse, and West took the king. East got his ace of di­a­monds and a spade for down one.

“Ex­actly what do you have against mak­ing a con­tract?” North asked with asper­ity.

For 10 tricks, Joe ex­its with a spade af­ter he draws trumps. Say East shifts to a club. Joe takes the ace, ruffs his last spade in dummy and ex­its with a club. The de­fender who wins must break the di­a­monds, re­solv­ing de­clarer’s guess for the jack, or con­cede a fa­tal ruff-sluff.

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: & 652 h A QJ92 ( K92 $ A Q. The dealer, at your right, opens one club. What do you say?

An­swer: This de­ci­sion is close. To over­call one heart would be ac­cept­able. If you are willing to treat the hand as worth 17 points -- rea­son­able since your queen of clubs should be worth as much as the king -- start with a dou­ble. If part­ner re­sponds with one di­a­mond or one spade, bid hearts next. If he re­sponds one heart, raise to two hearts. by Dana Sum­mers

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