Cy the Cynic is still bat­tling his weight — and his weight seems to be win­ning.

“You need to ex­er­cise,” I told him.

Cy is so out of shape that the only thing he can jump to is a con­clu­sion. He was to­day’s West, de­fend­ing against four spades, and led the queen of hearts. South took dummy’s ace and led the king of trumps, and Cy won and tried to cash a heart.

South ruffed, drew trumps and next let dummy’s queen of di­a­monds ride. Cy took his king and saw that the di­a­monds would pro­vide de­clarer with dis­cards. So the Cynic laid down his ace of clubs, and the con­clu­sion was un­sat­is­fac­tory for him: South claimed, mak­ing four.

Two Clubs

Cy could avoid jump­ing to a false con­clu­sion if he counted de­clarer’s tricks. He knows de­clarer has four trump tricks, one heart and only four di­a­monds. So af­ter de­clarer runs the di­a­monds, he will still have two clubs in his hand.

Af­ter Cy takes the king of di­a­monds, he must exit with a di­a­mond. South will lose two clubs to go down one.

Daily Ques­tion

You hold: ♠ J 10 7 5 2 ♥ 2 ♦ A3 ♣ K 8 6 3 2. Your part­ner opens one heart, you re­spond one spade, he bids two clubs and you raise to three clubs. Part­ner next bids three di­a­monds. What do you say?

An­swer: Part­ner is in­ter­ested in game or slam, and your hand is ideal. You have a fifth trump, a side ace and no wasted strength in spades op­po­site his short­ness. Bid five clubs or four di­a­monds. If he has as lit­tle as None, A J 7 6 4, K 4 2, A Q 10 7 4, six clubs may come home.

West dealer E-W vul­ner­a­ble

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