Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STEWART

“Do you think Cy will ever take an­other job?” I asked Rose in the club lounge.

“Cy will get up and go to work?” she said. “His chances of win­ning the lottery are bet­ter.”

Cy the Cynic is a lazy­bones. As de­clarer, he jumps on the first line of play he sees. At to­day’s four hearts, Cy drew trumps and led the A-K and a third club. East won and led the jack of spades, and the de­fense took three spades for down one.

“Did you even think about a dif­fer­ent play?” North asked with as­per­ity.

“I save wear and tear on my brain,” the Cynic replied.

Cy’s play was worse than lazy. He can win the first trump in dummy and try a di­a­mond fi­nesse with his jack. West wins and leads a sec­ond trump, and Cy wins, cashes the king of di­a­monds, takes the top clubs, dis­cards his last club on the ace of di­a­monds and ruffs a club.

When East-West fol­low, Cy draws trumps in dummy and takes the good club for his 10th trick. If clubs didn’t break well, Cy could try for a spade trick.

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ AQ5 ♥ 63 ♦ Q10862 ♣ 10 8 5. Your part­ner opens one heart, you re­spond 1NT and he bids two spades. What do you say?

An­swer: Part­ner has “re­versed” the usual or­der of show­ing two long suits (higher-rank­ing first) and has a strong hand — in some styles, strong enough for game. You must not pass; his bid is forc­ing. Bid three di­a­monds or raise to three spades. Part­ner won’t ex­pect four-card spade sup­port since you didn’t re­spond one spade. North dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble


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