Forcible Entry


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Thursday, January 11. It was cool in Los Angeles. We were working the daywatch out of Burglary. The boss is Captain Stewart. My partner’s Bill Gannon. He’s a good player. My name’s Friday.

We got a call about a case of forcible entry 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.”

“Just the facts, ma’am.”

Dlr: South ♠ J 9 5 3
Vul: All A 8 6
K Q 5
♣ J 10 2
♠ Q 10 6 2 ♠ K 8 7
Q 9 5 K 10 7 2
10 7 J 9 8 4 3
♣ A Q 4 3 ♣ 7
♠ A 4
J 4 3
A 6 2
♣ K 9 8 6 5
South West North East
1♣ Pass 1♠ Pass
1NT Pass 2NT All Pass

Opening lead — 5

“I was declarer at 2NT, and West led a heart. I ducked twice, won the third heart and let the ♣J ride. West took the queen.”.

Low Spade

“If he had led a low spade next — to the nine, king and my ace — I would have been safe. I could force out the ♣A, and the defense would have only five tricks.

“But at Trick Five, West forced an entry to his partner’s good heart. He led the ♠Q, and I had to go down. He’s a burglar. Cuff him!”

We took West into custody. He was convicted of forcible entry. The judge said he wished he defended as well.

Daily Question

You hold: ♠K 8 7   K 10 7 2J 9 8 4 3    ♣7.
Your partner opens 1♣, and the next player overcalls 1♠. What do you say?

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