“The man was born with a silver horseshoe in his mouth,” Unlucky Louie grumbled. Louie meant the player we call Harlow the Halo.
While Louie’s bad luck is unending, Harlow continually basks in a tanning bed of good luck. His finesses never lose, his errors never cost.
In a team match, both Louie and Harlow played six spades. Harlow took the A-K of clubs, ruffed his last club in dummy, cashed the king of trumps, finessed with the jack and took the ace. He led a diamond to dummy’s jack, winning, and made seven.
“If he had needed a 3-3 diamond break, he’d have gotten that too,” Louie sighed.
Louie’s play was better. He took the ace of hearts at Trick Two and then the A-K of trumps. He threw a diamond on the king of hearts, ruffed a heart, cashed his second high club and ruffed his last club in dummy. Louie then ruffed a heart and went to the ace of diamonds to discard his last low diamond on the good fifth heart.
Too bad, Louie. Harlow’s luck can’t last forever. Daily Question: You hold: & AJ986 h A ( K875 $ A K 3. You open one spade, and your partner responds 1NT. What do you say?
Answer: This is an uneasy situation in “Standard” methods. You seem to have the strength for game, and many players would choose a jump-shift to three diamonds. But your hand is not quite worth its point count; many of your values are located in your shorter suits. If you chose to bid two diamonds or perhaps 2NT, I wouldn’t be critical.