LIFE & CUL­TURE

Min­nie Bot­toms, my club’s se­nior mem­ber, wears old bi­fo­cals that make her mix up kings and jacks, of­ten to her op­po­nents’ dis­may.

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

“My luck is bad enough,” Un­lucky Louie said. “When I face Min­nie and her glasses, what chance do I have?”

Louie was de­clarer at 3NT in a duplicate game. West led a low heart, dummy played the ten, and Min­nie, East, con­trib­uted the jack.

“I had to take my king,” Louie said. “For all I knew, West had held A-Q-9-4-2. I led the queen of clubs next ... and Min­nie said it was her lead!”

“She thought her jack of hearts was the king,” I laughed.

“We straight­ened her out,” Louie said, “but when she got in, she led the ace and a third heart. Down one.”

Louie was the only South to go down at 3NT. Ev­ery other East took the ace of hearts and re­turned the jack, let­ting South hold up the king ef­fec­tively. I think Min­nie’s play was as­tute. Min­nie and dummy had 11 points. If South had at least 16, West might have the queen of hearts but not the king.

You hold: A432h 10 ( Q64 $ A J 10 7 5. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond. The next player passes. What do you say?

An­swer: This is a close de­ci­sion. You have only 11 high-card points, and if you judge to treat the hand as worth only an in­vi­ta­tion to game, re­spond one spade. If you like your aces and di­a­mond sup­port and judge that the hand is worth forc­ing to game, re­spond two clubs and bid spades next. I would force, but I have no strong feel­ings.

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