Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STEWART

“I know you won’t talk about your former job,” I said to Cy the Cynic, “but at least tell me why you quit.”

“My pay­check had more de­duc­tions than a Sher­lock Holmes novel,” Cy said mo­rosely.

Cy plays in my club’s penny game, and his take-home pay would be greater if he cred­ited his op­po­nents with log­i­cal play. As de­clarer at to­day’s four spades, Cy took dummy’s A-K of hearts to dis­card a club. He next led a club to his queen, and West took the king and led a high heart.

The Cynic ruffed and led the ace and queen of trumps. East won and led a di­a­mond, and Cy ... fi­nessed with his queen. West pro­duced the king, and East got a di­a­mond at the end for down one.

Cy missed a de­duc­tion. If East had the king of di­a­monds, he would never have given Cy a chance to take a win­ning fi­nesse. East would have ex­ited safely with a trump or club. Since East is will­ing for Cy to try a di­a­mond fi­nesse, Cy must not try it. He should take the ace, draw trumps and lead a low di­a­mond.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ 742 ♥ QJ1065 ♦ KJ ♣ K 10 8. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond one heart, he bids two clubs and you re­turn to two di­a­monds. Part­ner next bids two hearts. What do you say?

An­swer: Your two-di­a­mond “false pref­er­ence” showed at most 10 points, and part­ner would have quit if he saw no chance for game. His two hearts says he re­mains in­ter­ested. Since your hand is an ab­so­lute max­i­mum, bid four hearts. Part­ner may hold 8, K94, AQ1065, AQ72.

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