BRIDGE with Bob Jones
Hard Luck Louie was playing in the club’s monthly team game when this deal came up. Louie won the opening diamond lead with his ace, drew three rounds of trumps ending in his hand, and led a club to dummy’s jack. East won with his king and shifted to the queen of spades. Louie ducked the first spade but covered the jack of spades continuation. Alas for Louie, West captured the king with the ace and cashed the 10 of spades for down one. “Darn my luck,” said Louie. “I was a 3-to-1 favorite and still went down.”
At the other table, Lucky Larry played the same contract with the same opening lead. Larry was in no rush to grab his ace of diamonds on the first trick. He simply ducked in both hands and allowed West’s queen to hold the trick. West shifted to a club. Larry rose with dummy’s ace and led a heart to his ace. He continued with the king of hearts and the ace of diamonds before leading a low heart back to dummy. This drew the outstanding trumps and Larry discarded a low club on the king of diamonds. The queen of clubs was covered and ruffed. A heart back to dummy allowed a spade discard on the jack of clubs. Had West held the king of clubs, Larry would have been able to shed two spades on the clubs while keeping the king of spades protected. Well done!