When I watched to­day’s deal in a Chicago game, South was Tom Webb, known to all as “Tan­gle” be­cause he en­coun­ters more blocked suits and en­try woes than any­one in my club.

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - By Frank Ste­wart

At 3NT, Tan­gle re­fused the first two spades and won the third. He led a club to the ace, re­turned a di­a­mond to his ace, took the K-Q of clubs and tried a di­a­mond to dummy’s jack. The fi­nesse won, but East dis­carded. Tan­gle then led the king and a fourth di­a­mond to set up dummy’s fifth di­a­mond. But when West took the queen, he led a club, and East took the jack and also the king of spades. Down one.

Tan­gle got tan­gled up. Could you get un­tan­gled and make 3NT?

Af­ter South takes the ace of clubs, he can play a low di­a­mond from both hands. East can win and cash his high spade, but if he next leads a club, South takes the ace and comes to the ace of di­a­monds.

When South sees how the di­a­monds lie, he can cash the K-Q of clubs, then run three di­a­monds with a fi­nesse, win­ning nine tricks in all.

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: & 952 h A 764 ( KJ652 $ A. You open one di­a­mond, and your part­ner bids one spade. What do you say?

An­swer: This awk­ward sit­u­a­tion might have been re­solved, with ben­e­fit of hind­sight, by not open­ing the bid­ding. (With de­cent de­fen­sive val­ues and a five-card suit, most play­ers would have opened.) Raise to two spades and hope to sur­vive. To raise with three low cards is un­pleas­ant, but to bid 1NT or re­bid two di­a­monds would be worse.

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