LIFE & CUL­TURE

“I mar­ried a lawyer,” a reader writes, “and when we have a dis­agree­ment, I have to deal with some­one pro­fes­sion­ally trained to ar­gue.”

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

As West, my fan led her sin­gle­ton club against four spades.

“My hus­band won and re­turned a club,” she writes. “I ruffed and led a heart next, but de­clarer lost only to my hus­band’s ace of trumps, mak­ing four.

“I pointed out that we beat the contract if my hus­band leads a di­a­mond at the sec­ond trick. I lost the ar­gu­ment be­fore it started. He said he knew I’d led a sin­gle­ton, but he had no way of know­ing I had the king of di­a­monds.”

I’ll ar­gue on West’s be­half. If West has an ace, East has no wor­ries, but if West has the king of di­a­monds, East must lead a di­a­mond at Trick Two, set­ting up a di­a­mond trick be­fore South can draw trumps and use the clubs.

Since East has the ace of trumps, he can wait to give West a ruff. East doesn’t know West has the king of di­a­monds, but East must so as­sume. Other­wise, his play is moot.

You hold: A52 K 975 ( 984 $ A 8 3. Your part­ner opens one club, you re­spond one heart and he bids 1NT. What do you say?

An­swer: This de­ci­sion is close. You have 11 high-card points, and as­sum­ing an open­ing 1NT range of 15 to 17 points, your part­ner may have as many as 14. But your hand lacks “body“: good in­ter­me­di­ate spot cards. Game is un­likely but pos­si­ble. If your side is vul­ner­a­ble, raise to 2NT. If not, I would pass and ac­cept a plus. by Dana Sum­mers

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