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

“What did you get Es­ther for her birth­day?” I asked Un­lucky Louie in the club lounge. I knew he had been shop­ping for just the right gift for his wife.

“I bought her a nice coat,” Louie told me gloomily. “Then, yes­ter­day, I saw the same coat at 50 per­cent off.” “Mur­phy’s Law,” I said. “That’s not the worst of it,” Louie said. “Es­ther was with me, and she got up­set be­cause she as­sumed I’d picked out the coat be­cause it was cheap.”

Ev­ery­thing hap­pens to poor Louie. In to­day’s deal, he dealt him­self the fine South hand and was dis­ap­pointed when he got no co­op­er­a­tion from North and had to stop at game. West led the queen and jack of clubs, and Louie ruffed and took the A-K of trumps.

When East dis­carded, Louie was in trou­ble. He con­tin­ued with the ace of hearts, but West ruffed, took his other high trump to re­move Louie’s last trump and cashed a club. Down one. (If West re­fuses to ruff Louie’s first two high hearts, Louie must be care­ful to avoid go­ing down two.)

Louie gave East-West a gift by fail­ing to main­tain con­trol. He can take one high trump but should then lead a high heart. If East-West fol­lowed, Louie would con­tinue with high hearts. He might lose an un­nec­es­sary ruff (if trumps in fact split 3-2), but he would keep con­trol and would lose only three tricks in all.

If in the ac­tual deal West ruffs the first heart and leads an­other club, Louie ruffs, takes the king of trumps and con­tin­ues with high hearts. West can score only his sec­ond high trump.

South dealer

Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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