LIFE & CULTURE
Unlucky Louie told me he had last-minute shopping and gift-wrapping to accomplish. “I already told you what an inept gift-wrapper I am,” Louie sighed.
“If you can’t wrap packages well,” I advised, “at least make it look like the presents put up a good fight.”
Louie put up a good fight as declarer at today’s grand slam. West led a diamond, and Louie saw 12 tricks: six trumps, three spades, a diamond and two clubs. He carefully played a low diamond from dummy, deferring a discard on the ace, and ruffed in his hand. He drew trumps and took the A-K of clubs. When West’s queen fell — Louie was entitled to some good luck on Christmas Eve — he claimed.
If the queen of clubs doesn’t fall, Louie discards his jack on the ace of diamonds and ruffs a club. A 3-3 break would give him a 13th trick. He would also succeed with a 3-3 spade break or a squeeze.
Louie, Cy the Cynic, my other club members and I wish for my readers a holiday season of peace and joy.
Daily Question: You hold: & J983 h 9 5 ( KQJ93 $ Q 2. Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade, he bids two clubs and you return to two hearts. Partner then bids two spades. What do you say?
Answer: Partner has a good hand and remains interested in game, though your two-heart preference suggested at most nine points. Since you have a maximum for your bidding with the unbid suit well stopped (to say the least!), bid 3NT.