Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

As the game at the Mad Hat­ter’s went on, the Red Queens, who were kib­itzers, kept bick­er­ing.

“I’m the most po­tent card in Won­der­land,” the Queen of Hearts in­sisted haugh­tily. “No ace or king would dare cap­ture me.”

“Bosh,” the Queen of Di­a­monds said. “There is no shame in los­ing a trick.”

“Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser,” the Queen of Hearts sneered.

Alice had ig­nored them, pre­fer­ring to fo­cus on the game, but then she be­came de­clarer in to­day’s deal. The jump to three di­a­monds by East, the March Hare, was pre­emp­tive. When North, the Hat­ter, bid five clubs, Alice hoped he knew what he was do­ing.

West, the Dor­mouse, led the ace of di­a­monds, and when dummy’s queen appeared, the Queen of Hearts cack­led. West then led a trump.

Even if a heart fi­nesse with the ten or queen pro­duced a sec­ond trick, Alice had only 10 sure tricks: six trumps, two spades and two hearts. She still had to worry about dummy’s fourth heart. She led a heart at Trick Three, and the Dor­mouse played the four. Should Alice fi­nesse with the queen or plan a dou­ble-fi­nesse, start­ing with the ten?

Alice knew the Queen of Hearts was watch­ing in­tently. Rather than in­cur her wrath, Alice called for the queen. When East played low, Alice con­tin­ued with the ace and a third heart. She could win East’s spade re­turn and ruff dummy’s last heart in her hand.

“Well played,” the Queen of Hearts roared. “If you fi­nesse with the ten on the first heart, down you go.” (Ac­tu­ally, Alice could still suc­ceed by squeez­ing East in hearts and spades.)

South dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.