Un­lucky Louie, who has a house­ful of kids, says noth­ing is wrong with teenagers that try­ing to rea­son with them won’t make worse. Cy the Cynic says the same is true for his part­ners.

At four hearts South drew trumps and let the jack of di­a­monds ride. East took the king and led the jack of spades, and West took two spades. South ruffed the third spade, but though he threw one club on a high di­a­mond in dummy, he still had a club loser. Down one.

“Cold if the ace of spades or king of di­a­monds is right,” de­clarer shrugged.

The Cynic had been dummy. “Cold, pe­riod,” he growled. “Lead a di­a­mond to­ward your jack.” “You’re nuts,” said South. “Some peo­ple you can’t rea­son with,” Cy mut­tered.

If East has the king of di­a­monds, he must take it. Then South loses two spades but gets two club dis­cards on dummy’s high di­a­monds. If West had the king of di­a­monds, he couldn’t at­tack spades, and South could dis­card a spade on the di­a­monds, los­ing only three tricks. DAILY QUES­TION You hold: opens one heart. The next player passes. What do you say?

AN­SWER: A raise to three hearts is treated as in­vi­ta­tional to game ( or, in a few part­ner­ships, pre­emp­tive). Since this hand is strong enough to force, you need a way to tell part­ner. Many part­ner­ships ar­ti­fi­cial forc­ing raise, also show­ing bal­anced pat­tern. Other part­ner­ships use a dif ! North dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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