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Unlucky Louie was today’s declarer in my club’s penny game. He won West’s trump lead in dummy, led a diamond to his jack and beamed when West took the ace.

West led a second trump, and Louie won and led a club. West won and shifted to a heart, and Louie took his ace, threw dummy’s last heart on the king of diamonds, ruffed a heart, ruffed a club and ruffed a diamond.

Louie then ruffed another club and cashed his last trump for his ninth trick, but he was out of ammunition. Down one.

“Even a winning finesse did me no good,” Louie sighed.

SECOND TRICK

If Louie counted his tricks, he would see that his line couldn’t succeed. Louie must instead go after the clubs. He leads a club at Trick Two.

If West leads a second trump, Louie wins in dummy, ruffs a club, takes the ace of hearts and loses a heart. He ruffs the next heart in dummy and ruffs a club. When the suit breaks 3-3, Louie loses only one more trick to the ace of diamonds.

This week: Count your tricks!

DAILY QUESTION

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Source:: East Bay – Entertainment

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