MONDAY, APRIL 16,2012
BY STEVEN BECKER
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Opening lead - ace of diamonds.
This deal from the U.S.-Great
Britain match at the 1991 world team
championship brought together two
pairs noted for their aggressive bidding styles. North-South were Amcricans Eric Rodwell and Jeff Meekstroth, pitted against Britain's Tony
Forrester and Andy Robson. Roth
pairs lived up to their advance billing.
Robson began by opening an offshape one notrump (12-14 points in
the partnership style). When this
rolled around to Meckstroth, he bid
two clubs for takeout. Robson then
showed his true colors by leaping to
three diamonds. This did not silence
Rodwell, who cue bid diamonds to
ask his partner to choose a major
suit, and Meckstroth's four-heart bid
ended the auction.
Robson led the ace and another
diamond, declarer discarding a spade
on the king. Meckstroth then had to
resolve the problem of how to tackle
the trump suit.
playing trumps until he could learn a
little more about the opponents'
holdings in the other suits. So at trick
three he led a spade to the jack and
was gratified to see this force the ace.
Declarer won West's spade return
with the king and reviewed what he
had learned up to this point. West had
to have six diamonds for his threediamond bid, so he could not hold
more than three clubs (more than
three clubs would give him a singleton - not consistent with his original notrump bid). So Meckstroth
next played the A-K and another
club, ruffing the third round in
dummy without fear of being overruffed by East.
Declarer was now ready to tackle
the trump suit. Since West had
already shown up with the ace of
spades, queen of clubs and a strong
diamond suit headed by the ace, he
could not hold the heart king. So
played the ace and
another heart, and when East produced the king, the game was home.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, April 16,2012:
This year you make waves. You'll want to work on your
communication, even when you feel uncomfortable with the topic.
How you express your anger becomes a key issue. If you are single,
many people appreciate your bright, verbal manner. Take your
time choosing a relationship, as you'll tend to attract unavailable
people. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from many
weekends away from others. PISCES might know more about you
than you do.
The Stars Show the Kind of Day You'll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive;
3-Average; 2-So-so; I-Difficult
ARIES (March 21-ApriI19)
Yourfiery side could
lead to dissatisfaction. Look carefully at your lack of patience.
Communication seems to straighten out if you are open and accept
that you're part of a problem. An attitude adjustment will help you
regain your sense of well-being and confidence. Tonight: Relax with
a good friend.
TAURUS (ApriI20-May 20)
Zero in on what is workable.
A meeting helps you focus and see different routes. There could
be a disagreement between you and a loved one or a child. Your
creativity might not be appreciated by this person. Don't pout;
instead, remain confident in your abilities. Tonight: Indulge a loved
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Responsibility lands on your
shoulders, but you cannot change gears right now. Someone could
undermine you without realizing it. Stay calm, and do not play into
his or her oersonal oroblerns. Todav could oresent a new becinninc.
Tonight: Others look to you for their cues.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Remember, there is always
another solution or path. You do not need to worry so much
about a logjam. Start thinking about alternative ways to get around
this impasse. Your ability to convert a problem into a solution
catches the admiration of at least one person. Tonight: Go with an
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Have a much-needed discussion
with someone, and you'll make sound decisions. You have stretched
as far as you can go. News from a distance could be quite shocking,
if nothing else. You had a strong premonition of what was going
to happen. Know that you do not have to act on this sixth sense.
Tonight: Time for a special person.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You are excellent at deferring
to others, and now you can demonstrate that skill. A raise or some
other unanticipated source of money could pop into your life out
of the blue. Your creativity and desire to take risks will escalate.
Tonight: Sort out the possibilities, then decide.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-0ct. 22)
Stay in touch with your needs
and obligations. You might be frustrated as you try to get everything
done. Focus, and don't let a personal matter create too much angst
in your day. A discussion illuminates a situation. Tonight: Choose a
stress-buster, then go home.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Your creativity is heightened
by a disagreement. You want to find a resolution, and you would
prefer to keep others involved. Discussions could become
inflammatorv Someone vou sometimes take for cranted will make
you smile. Tonight: Fun, with a touch of mischief.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Your mind is on your
home and possibly a personal matter. If you are dealing with other
matters, or even a social lunch, you will need discipline if this issue
is not handled. Be smart and make important calls early. Tonight:
Time to veg.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You are up for nearly
anything. Your instincts and premonitions seem to weave together.
Be careful if you run into someone who seems to be unusually
frustrated or angry. Stay out of this person's issues. A purchase for
your home could add to the quality of your life. Tonight: Out and
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Be aware of your need to
have certain issues under control. You could tire yourself out if you
continue like this. If you can maintain your caring ways, the results
could be phenomenal. Go with the flow, and say "no" to fighting
city hall. Tonight: Treat yourself.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Your warmth helps melt
barriers and establish better ties. A card or special gift can make all
the difference to someone. You might assume that he or she knows
how you feel. Don't. A close associate could become less than
reliable. Tonight: Make yourself happy.
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