Bridge: Jan. 14, 2022

“If Louie were really that unlucky,” Rose told me in the club lounge, “he would be a terrible card-holder. He holds plenty of good hands but doesn’t take advantage.”

Unlucky Louie ascribes his bad results to bad luck, despite all the evidence.

“He’s not that bad,” Rose insists. “He just plays without thinking.”

Louie held today’s 29-point South hand. At 6NT, he took the ace of diamonds, cashed the K-Q of spades and overtook his jack with dummy’s ace. When East discarded, Louie tried a club to his queen. West won and cashed the ten of spades.


At Trick Two, Louie should lead the queen of clubs. If West wins, Louie uses the jack as a dummy entry, winning four spade tricks and 12 in all.

If West ducks the queen of clubs, Louie takes his heart and diamond winners. West must pitch a diamond to keep four spades and K-x of clubs. Louie then takes the K-Q of spades and overtakes the jack. When East discards, Louie exits with dummy’s last spade, end-playing West.


You hold: S A 8 6 5 H 8 4 2 D 7 6 4 C J 8 2. Your partner opens one heart. The next player passes. What do you say?

ANSWER: I believe almost all experts would respond with this hand, both to preserve a chance to reach game and to keep the opponents from entering the auction cheaply. I would not, however, raise to two hearts. A raise would be psychologically encouraging to partner and might induce him to bid too much. Respond one spade or 1NT.

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N-S vulnerable


S A 8 6 5

H 8 4 2

D 7 6 4

C J 8 2


S 10 7 3 2

H 9 5

D J 10 9

C K 6 5 3


S 9 4

H 10 7 6 3

D Q 5 3 2

C 10 9 7




D A K 8

C A Q 4

South West North East
2 C Pass 2 D Pass
4 NT Pass 6 NT All Pass

Opening lead — D J

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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