“How are your stocks do­ing?” I asked Un­lucky Louie. He is al­ways beat­ing his head against Wall Street. “My Cater­pil­lar stock inched up a bit,” Louie replied.

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

“Would you buy a stock you knew would fall?”

“No way.”

“Well, would you try a fi­nesse you knew would lose?”

“I doubt it,” Louie an­swered cau­tiously. I asked Louie to play to­day’s four spades. (How would you play after East takes the A-K of clubs and leads the jack?)

Given my ques­tions, Louie found a win­ning line. After de­clarer ruffs the third club, he leads a trump to dummy’s jack, know­ing the fi­nesse will lose. (East’s 1NT marks him with all the miss­ing hon­ors.)

East wins and re­turns a trump, and South wins with dummy’s king and takes the A-K of hearts (a “Vi­enna Coup” to set up a squeeze). He then runs his trumps. At the end, dummy has the A-K-J of di­a­monds, and South has the jack of hearts and two di­a­monds. East is stuck.

The squeeze won’t work un­less South loses an early trump.

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: & KJ3 h A K54 ( AKJ $ 7 6 5. Only your side is vul­ner­a­ble. After two passes, the player at your right opens three spades. What do you say?

An­swer: It might be nice to say “I dou­ble for penalty” if only the rules al­lowed. As it is, you must guess. To dou­ble for take­out might work if your part­ner re­sponded four hearts, but oth­er­wise you might land at a los­ing con­tract. Bid 3NT, hop­ing he has a share of the miss­ing high cards.

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