Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

“I wish some­body would tell me,” Cy the Cynic grum­bled, “why some peo­ple know ev­ery­thing — ex­cept when to keep it to them­selves.”

Cy was to­day’s West in a du­pli­cate event, and ev­ery North-South pair got to six hearts.

“I led the king of clubs, of course,” Cy told me. “South ruffed, led a trump to dummy, ruffed a club, led a di­a­mond to dummy’s nine and ruffed a club. He went to the king of di­a­monds and took dummy’s three re­main­ing high trumps, pitch­ing spades, and won the last four tricks with the ace of spades and high di­a­monds, mak­ing seven. We got a bot­tom score. Ev­ery other South made only six.”

“Well played,” I ob­served.

“My know-it-all part­ner sav­aged my open­ing lead,” the Cynic growled. “He said that if I lead a trump or di­a­mond, I hold South to 12 tricks.”

On the bid­ding, South was likely to have a club void, and a club lead might help him pull off a dummy re­ver­sal. Still, I think only a pro­fes­sional fault-finder would crit­i­cize Cy’s lead.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ K8763 ♥ 72 ♦ 86 ♣ A K J 6. Your part­ner opens one heart, you bid one spade and he raises to three spades. What do you say?

An­swer: Part­ner has a hand worth about 17 points with four-card sup­port. A typ­i­cal min­i­mum such as AJ52,AK654,A3,74will­make six spades a good con­tract, so you can make one try to get there. Cue­bid four clubs. If part­ner cue-bids four di­a­monds, try again with a cue bid of five clubs.

South dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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