Cy the Cynic arrived for a penny Chicago game with a case of hay fever.
So understandably, he wasn’t at his best when the game started. As South, he opened five diamonds and played there doubled. West led the king of clubs, and the Cynic ruffed, took the ace of hearts and conceded a heart. East won and shifted to spades, and West took two spades.
Cy wasn’t upset to go down one.
“They could make six clubs,” he assured his partner You make five diamonds doubled” was the reply.
If I’d taken a vote, the ayes would have had it: Cy misplayed. He must pitch a heart on the first club — a loser on a loser — instead of ruffing.
If West leads another club, Cy ruffs, takes the ace of trumps and ace of hearts, and ruffs a heart high. He leads a trump to dummy’s eight, ruffs a heart and returns with the king of trumps to run the hearts and score a doubled overtrick.
Question: You hold: ♠ A Q 10 5 ♥Q 6 ♦ 7 3 ♣ A K 9 7 2. Your partner opens one heart. The next player passes. What do you say?
Answer: The correct response is two clubs. Since you have plenty of ammunition, you can show your suits in the logical order: longest first. If partner rebids two hearts, you’ll bid an economical two spades next. With a weaker hand such as A J 10 5,Q 6, 7 3, K 9 7 3 2, to respond one spade, seeking a fit in the major suit, would be best.