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The Buffalo News - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart – Frank Ste­wart

Dear read­ers: As near as I can tell, to­day marks the pub­li­ca­tion of my 10,000th by­lined bridge col­umn for the L.A. Times Syn­di­cate, Tri­bune Me­dia Ser­vices and now Tri­bune Con­tent Agency.

In 1986, when Al­fred Shein­wold in­vited me to be his col­lab­o­ra­tor, I felt as if I’d been asked to play golf with Jack Nick­laus. Since Freddy’s death in 1997, I have tried to en­lighten and en­ter­tain my fel­low play­ers as he did.

I am pro­foundly grate­ful to you who have made my col­umn part of your day, asked my opin­ion about a deal, writ­ten to add a new wrin­kle to one of my col­umn deals or sent in­ter­est­ing deals of your own. You went to bat for bridge and for me when, as has oc­curred a time or two, a pa­per pro­posed to drop my col­umn. Many of you have taken a mo­ment to of­fer a kind com­ment about Daily Bridge Club.

For 33 years I have been blessed to do some­thing I feel I was meant to do: write about the great­est of all card games. I plan to con­tinue as long as I can sit at a key­board.

Cover to­day’s East-West cards. West leads a trump against four hearts. How do you play? So­lu­tion to­mor­row.

You hold: ´ 832 ™ 64 © A Q85 ® K 10 8 7. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you raise to two di­a­monds and he bids two hearts. What do you say?

An­swer: Look for the nine-trick notrump game. Bid three clubs to show strength in that suit and en­cour­age. Some pairs use “in­verted” mi­nor-suit raises: A raise to two di­a­monds is forc­ing, and a jump to three is weak.

That is not my fa­vorite treat­ment. South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

NORTH AQ95 AQ3 743 AJ9 EAST K764 2 J109 Q6432 WEST 832 64 AQ85 K1087 SOUTH J10 KJ109875 K62 5 South West North East 3 ™ Pass 4 All Pass Open­ing lead – 4

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