Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

Cy the Cynic says if you want to start an ar­gu­ment on the in­ter­net, it’s a two-step process: 1. Post an opin­ion; 2. Wait 10 sec­onds.

In to­day’s deal, the ruckus be­gan soon af­ter the open­ing lead. South took the ace of di­a­monds and cashed the ace of trumps — and East dis­carded. South then took the A-Q of clubs. When East-West played low, South shrugged and led a low trump. West took his queen and cashed a di­a­mond for down one, and North was aghast.

“It was cold,” North roared. “Lead a third club to dummy’s 10. Your only chance is to find West with J-x-x-x; a 3-3 break won’t help.”

“Af­ter East is void in trumps,” South said, “it’s most un­likely he has two low clubs. Your play would usu­ally lose an ex­tra 100-point undertrick.”

If South played the slam 100 times, I don’t know whether he would come out ahead by adopt­ing North’s line of play. But the dam­age to a part­ner­ship’s morale and a player’s rep­u­ta­tion when he loses a make­able slam is not in­con­sid­er­able. Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ 752 ♥ J982 ♦ 52

♣ A K 10 4. The dealer, at your left, opens one club. Your part­ner dou­bles, and the next player passes. What do you say?

An­swer: You must not pass part­ner’s dou­ble for penalty. His hand is prob­a­bly short in clubs, and you might not beat one club dou­bled. It’s wrong to “head­hunt” be­fore you in­ves­ti­gate your chances on of­fense. Bid one heart. Part­ner has heart sup­port, and you may have a game. South dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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