Con-artist Defense
Tuesday, September 18. It was warm in Los Angeles. We were working the daywatch out of Bunco. The boss is Capt. Stewart. My partner’s Bill Gannon. He’s a good player. My name’s Friday.
We got a call about a scam at a club in Ventura. We checked it out. The suspect was still playing. One of his opponents spoke with us.
“It was terrible, officer. Terrible.”
“Just the facts, ma’am.”

Dlr: South ♠ 8 3
Vul: None A 4 2
A 8 7 4 3
♣ 8 4 3
♠ K 7 ♠ 9 4 2
K Q J 7 6 3 10 9 8
Q 9 5 K J 10 2
♣ 7 2 ♣ Q9 6
♠ A Q J 10 6 5
♣ A K J 10 5
South West North East
1♠ 2 Pass Pass
3♣ Pass 3 Pass
3♠ Pass 4 Pass
6♠ All Pass

Opening lead — K
“I’ll give you the facts. That man sitting West conned my partner out of a cold slam. He led the K, and my partner took the ace and led a trump to her queen — and West played low!”

Second Trump

“Naturally, declarer went back to dummy with the A and led a second trump to her jack. This time West won and led a heart. My partner ruffed and drew trumps, but she couldn’t get back to dummy for a club finesse. Down one.
“The man’s a con artist. Cuff him!”
We arrested West for perpetrating a slam scam. At trial, the judge said he wished he could defend as well.

Daily Question

You hold:
♠ 8 3
A 4 2
8 7 4 3
♣ 8 4 3
Your partner opens 1♠, you respond 1NT, he bids 2 and you return to 2♠. Partner then bids 3♠. What do you say?

This hand is deceptive. You have only eight points, but they consist of aces, including one in partner’s second suit. Your two-spade preference did not promise better support than you have. Bid four spades. Partner may hold ♠A K 10 7 6 5  K Q 10 3  2  ♣K 7.

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