Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Bridge by Frank Stewart

I sat down to watch Unlucky Louie's penny Chicago game; for a change, the scorepad showed him well ahead. Then came today's deal, and Louie's fortunes seemed to get even better.

He was West, and when East opened four diamonds, South overcalled four spades. Louie looked at what seemed to be three trump tricks and doubled.

After two passes, South redoubled. His hand wasn't worth it, but he knew that Louie seldom beats any contract he doubles.

Louie led the king of diamonds, and when South followed, Louie relaxed, anticipating down one and a 400-point profit. But South ruffed the next diamond and cashed the ace of trumps. He next took the ace of hearts, observing the fall of East's jack, and then let the ten ride. When East showed out, South cashed the A-K of clubs, led a third heart to dummy's eight, and threw his last club on the king of hearts.

At the 10th trick, South ruffed a club. Louie overruffed and led the queen of trumps, but South played low, and the light at the end of Louie's tunnel went out. He had to lead a trump from his J-9 to South's K-10 at Trick 12.

Making four redoubled, 1,080 points to North-South. After that, things went sour for Louie, and he finished the session in the red.

I doubt that I would have doubled four spades as Louie did. He had no assurance of winning any more than three trump tricks. Moreover, his double helped South judge the play.

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