Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart

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.

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