Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart

I was ob­serv­ing Cy the Cynic play at to­day’s three hearts at the club lounge. He ruffed West’s third high spade and pon­dered. Fi­nally, he took the K-A of clubs and led a club to his queen. West ruffed and led the ace and a sec­ond trump, and the Cynic’s last club was a loser. Down one.

“I should have forced out the ace of trumps, hop­ing for a 3-3 break so I could draw trumps,” Cy said. “The cost of leav­ing the trumps out was too high.”

Cy couldn’t suc­ceed by try­ing to draw trumps. West would win the sec­ond trump and lead a fourth spade, and Cy would lose con­trol. In­stead, Cy takes the A-K of di­a­monds and leads the K-A and a third club ... but he plays LOW from his hand.

East is help­less. If he leads a trump, and West wins and leads an­other trump, Cy can draw trumps and score his queen of clubs. If East re­turns a di­a­mond, Cy can ruff and ruff his queen of clubs in dummy.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ A KQJ8 ♥ A532 ♦ 85 ♣ 6 4. Your part­ner opens one heart. The next player passes. What do you say?

An­swer: You need only the right min­i­mum open­ing bid from part­ner to have a slam: He might hold 9 3,K Q 96 4, A 4 2, A 3 2. Jump to two spades and sup­port the hearts next. If you have a slam, part­ner will see that you get there. The 19-point stan­dard for a jump-shift is a myth. Jump when you can vi­su­al­ize slam and know what suit will be trumps. South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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