ACES ON BRIDGE

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Dear Mr. Wolff: Iwas re­cently con­fronted with an auc­tion where I had to check the backs of the cards. I heard one spade to­myleft, a oneno-trump call frommy part­ner and a dou­ble to myright. I held SPADES A Q 3, HEARTS10 53 2, DIAMONDSA Q7 4, CLUBSQ 3. What could be go­ing on, and how does the bid­ding add up? — Prince of Den­mark, Bay City, Mich. AN­SWER: Re­dou­ble, and you will dis­cover whether it’s your part­ner or your left-hand op­po­nent who’s hav­ing a lit­tle fun. If your side is non­vul­ner­a­ble, your part­ner may be ex­per­i­ment­ing, but if the op­po­nents are non­vul­ner­a­ble, the open­ing bid­der may re­move him­self. Dear Mr. Wolff: I en­joy your column and won­dered where you get the quotes that pre­cede the hand? Doyou re­search them your­self or have a se­cret source? — Whirly Bird, Charleston, S.C. AN­SWER: For the quotes, Bartlett’s, The Ox­ford Dic­tio­nary of Quo­ta­tions and wik­iquote.org are fer­tile sources. My ed­i­tor warns me when my choice is in­ap­pro­pri­ate (for­tu­nately not more than once ev­ery three months) or mis­at­tributed. When I can ind some­thing that makes me think, or smile, I’m happy. Dear Mr. Wolff: Play­ing rub­ber bridge, I held SPADES K J10, HEARTS9 7 5, DIAMONDSA K J, CLUBSK 10 4 2. My right-hand op­po­nent opened one spade; I over­called one no-trump and was dou­bled to­myleft. I bought a nearYar­bor­ough in­dummy and strug­gled to es­cape for three down. My part­ner said I needed more than 15 points to make this call; was she right? — Caught Out, Mon­terey, Calif. AN­SWER: Let she who is with­out sin ... Your spade val­ues are worth far more than 4 points here; bid one no-trump at any vul­ner­a­bil­ity and position, and blame your part­ner’s luck if she has a bad hand. It’s cer­tainly not your fault. Dist. by An­drews McMeel for UFS

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