Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

When I watched to­day’s deal in a penny game, East-West were Cy the Cynic, a shame­less chau­vin­ist, and Wendy, my club’s ar­dent fem­i­nist. They are re­lent­less ad­ver­saries even when they cut as part­ners.

Against two spades, Wendy led the king of hearts. Cy ex­am­ined the dummy and played the deuce — an “at­ti­tude” sig­nal to sug­gest a switch. Wendy duly led her eight of di­a­monds; a club switch was il­log­i­cal.

When dummy played the jack, the Cynic won with the queen and un­der­led his ace of hearts to Wendy’s queen. On the next di­a­mond, Cy won with the 10 and took the ace.

Since the de­fense could have no more side-suit tricks, Cy con­tin­ued with the 13th di­a­mond. No mat­ter what South did, Wendy would score a trump trick for down one.

“A good sig­nal and a good un­der­lead in hearts by me,” Cy com­pli­mented him­self.

“The rooster crows,” Wendy growled, “but the hen de­liv­ers. You should thank me for trust­ing you for once, not to men­tion hold­ing the jack of trumps.”

Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ 93 ♥ A8752 ♦ AQ103 ♣ 6 3. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you bid one heart, he re­bids two clubs and you jump to three di­a­monds, in­vi­ta­tional. Part­ner bids four di­a­monds. What do you say?

An­swer: Since part­ner didn’t try to reach 3NT, he prob­a­bly has a shapely hand, and your ace of hearts may be a key card. Bid five di­a­monds. He may hold Q 2, 4,

K J 9 8 7 6, A K 5 2. In­ci­den­tally, many pairs would have treated your three di­a­monds as forc­ing. North dealer

Nei­ther side vul­ner­a­ble

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