The One Who Won’t Wait

Dealer: South
Both sides vulnerable

North
S A 9 6 4
H Q 10
D J 10 8 3
C Q 5 3
West
S Q J 10 8 7 3
H K
D Q 9 7 5 2
C 4
East
S 2
H 9 6 5 3
D A K 6 4
C 8 7 6 2
South
S K 5
H A J 8 7 4 2
D
C A K J 10 9
South West North East
H S Dbl Pass
C ! All Pass
Opening Lead: S Q

Unlucky Louie’s wife says she can’t understand him. He can sit and wait three hours for a fish to bite but won’t wait 15 minutes for her to get dressed. Assuredly, Louie won’t take two minutes to plan his play at a tough slam.At today’s six clubs, Louie won the first spade with the king and drew trumps, leaving him with only one trump. He led a spade to dummy and returned the queen of hearts.

West took his king and led another spade, forcing out Louie’s last trump. When Louie then took the ace of hearts, West discarded, East got a heart trick, and Louie went down three and griped about his bad luck.


GOOD LUCK

Louie was lucky, in fact — he didn’t get a diamond opening lead — but he squandered his edge by playing too quickly. He should win the first spade in dummy.

Louie then draws trumps and leads a low heart. West wins and leads a diamond, but Louie can ruff, take dummy’s queen of hearts, and get back to his hand with the king of spades to run the hearts.

DAILY QUESTION 

You hold:
SA 9 6 4
HQ 10
DJ 10 8 3
CQ 5 3
. Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade, he bids two clubs and you return to two hearts. Partner then bids two spades. What do you say?

ANSWER 
Despite your weak preference bid of two hearts, partner bid a third time and remains interested in game. Since you have a maximum for your bidding, you must cooperate. Jump to 3NT. If he has as little as K 5 3, A K J 6 5, Q, K 10 6 2, you’ll arrive at a reasonable contract.

Copyright © 2015, Tribune Media Services

About the Author:

Frank Stewart is one of the world’s most prolific bridge journalists. He won many tournament events before devoting himself to writing. Frank has published hundreds of magazine and on-line articles. He has written 24 books, among them “Becoming an Expert,” “Play Bridge With Me,” “Who Has the Queen?” and most recently “Keys to Winning Bridge.” In 2014, Frank Stewart received the International Bridge Press Association’s Alan Truscott Award. He has been the senior analyst for ACBL-wide Charity and International Fund events since 1980. Frank and his wife, Charlotte, a pediatric speech pathologist, live in Fayette AL. They have a 17-year-old daughter.

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