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

“The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but that’s just from envy.” — Un­lucky Louie

“I would do a lot bet­ter if I could choose which player at the ta­ble I wanted as my part­ner,” Louie grum­bled to me in the club lounge.

Louie pro­duced to­day’s deal from a penny game.

“I was South,” he said. “With my luck, when I hold 24 points, one of my op­po­nents opens the bid­ding.”

Louie re­acted to the in­jus­tice of West’s one-club bid by dou­bling af­ter two passes, then leap­ing to 3NT over North’s re­sponse of one heart. West led the king of spades.

“You didn’t have much to com­plain about,” I observed. “Your part­ner put down a dummy with a queen, a jack and a de­cent five­card suit. He might have been broke. You made 3NT, didn’t you?”

“Nope,” Louie said sourly. “I ducked two spades, won the third spade and led the ace and queen of hearts. West played low, so I next tried to sneak by with the ten of clubs. West rose with his king and cashed his good spade and the king of hearts.

“If West had been my part­ner, we’d have had a grand slam in clubs, spades or notrump. But the grass is never green at my ta­ble.”

It ap­pears that Louie was miffed enough by West’s open­ing bid to boot the game. At Trick Four Louie leads the queen of hearts. West can win and cash a spade, but Louie has the rest. If in­stead West ducks the queen of hearts, Louie con­tin­ues with the ace and queen of clubs. He has three clubs, two hearts, a spade and three di­a­monds and again has only four losers.

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