LIFE & CUL­TURE

“My wife al­ways says she for­gives me when we have a bad re­sult,” a club player told me. “It’s her kind way of say­ing she still thinks it was all my fault.”

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

My friend was East, and his wife led her sin­gle­ton heart against four spades. He took the queen and ace and led a third heart, but South ruffed high, drew trumps with the ace and queen, pitched a di­a­mond on the good heart and led a club.

“I took my ace,” East told me, “and South claimed the rest, mak­ing his game. Of course, my wife said sweetly that she for­gave me. She beats me over the head with an olive branch.” Did East de­serve a beat­ing? West’s open­ing lead is a sure sin­gle­ton, so East can lead a low heart at Trick Two. West ruffs and leads a club, and East takes the ace and leads an­other low heart.

South must lose an­other trick. If he dis­cards his los­ing di­a­mond, West ruffs. If in­stead South ruffs high, he loses his di­a­mond dis­card, and West wins the set­ting trick with the king of di­a­monds.

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: & 92 h AQ 7643 ( 2 $ A Q 6 2. You open one heart, your part­ner bids one spade, you re­bid two hearts and he tries 2NT. What do you say?

An­swer: Notrump doesn’t look right. Bid three clubs, sug­gest­ing six hearts, four clubs and a min­i­mum hand. Part­ner can pass, bid three or four hearts, or raise to four clubs, but he must not bid 3NT. If your hearts were stronger — you held 2, KQJ1043,92,AJ63—youwoul­drebid three hearts. by Dana Sum­mers

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