Daily Bridge Club

Louie’s HMO woes

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - CLASSIFIED - By FRANK STEWART Tribune Con­tent Agency

Un­lucky Louie has a new HMO — and isn’t thrilled with it.

“My wife went to a net­work doc­tor,” Louie told me, “and came home with meds that are dif­fer­ent col­ors and have lit­tle ‘m’s’ on them.” “It can’t be that bad,” I frowned. “The pre­ven­tive medicine plan is an ap­ple a day,” Louie said. “Come on.” “The only ex­pense cov­ered 100 per­cent,” Louie shrugged, “is em­balm­ing.”

EIGHT TRICKS

As de­clarer at to­day’s 3NT, Louie won the first spade, took the ace of clubs and led to dummy’s jack. East won and re­turned a spade. Louie then fi­nessed in hearts, but when clubs split 4-2, he took only two clubs, two spades, three hearts and a di­a­mond.

Good in­sur­ance would save Louie. He must fi­nesse in hearts at Trick Two. If East had the king, Louie would need four club tricks and would hope West had Q-x-x. But when the heart fi­nesse wins, Louie needs only three clubs. He can play as safely as pos­si­ble — sav­ing the con­tract — by tak­ing the K-A be­fore lead­ing to­ward the jack.

DAILY QUES­TION

Youhold: 76 AJ4 7654 K J 5 2. Your part­ner opens one club. The next player bids one spade. What do you say?

AN­SWER: You must show your hand, such as it is, es­pe­cially since the next player may be about to raise the spades. Bid two clubs, show­ing six to nine points with sup­port. It’s true that part­ner may have opened with a three-card club suit, but you can’t as­sume that. If he had a “pre­pared” open­ing bid, that’s for him to worry about. South dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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