Opening Lead: K
As I sat down to watch Unlucky Louie’s penny game, his opponents scored up a vulnerable slam.”How’s it going?” I asked hesitantly.
“I’m standing on a line,” Louie growled, “between giving up and seeing how much more I can take.”
Louie was declarer at today’s four spades, and West led the king of hearts and then the jack of clubs. Dummy’s queen lost to the king, and East switched to a diamond: ten, jack, three. West next led the ace of hearts. Louie ruffed, drew trumps and tried a diamond finesse with the queen, but West had the king. Down one.
“I give up,” Louie sighed.
Four spades was cold. Louie can take the ace of clubs at Trick Two and lead the queen of hearts, pitching his last club. He ruffs the next club, leads a trump to dummy, ruffs the last club, leads a trump to dummy and returns a diamond to his ten.West takes the jack, but if he returns a diamond, Louie gets a free finesse. If West leads anything else, he concedes a fatal ruff-sluff.
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