Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Stewart

To­day North was Wendy. South was Cy the Cynic.

Cy’s bid of three spades placed a lot of faith in Wendy’s take­out dou­ble. When Cy played at four spades, he took the ace of hearts and drew the trumps with f inesses. He next led a diamond to his king, and West played low.

The Cynic led a club to dummy and re­turned a sec­ond diamond to his 10. West took the jack and forced Cy to ruff a heart with his last trump. When the clubs broke badly, Cy took only nine tricks.

“Why bid four spades?” Cy growled at Wendy. “You pun­ished me for com­pet­ing.”

“He takes his trou­bles just like a man,” she sniffed. “He blames them on the near­est woman.”

Cy can af­ford two diamond losers. Af­ter he draws trumps, he must let the nine ride. If West takes the jack and leads a heart, Cy dis­cards a diamond. He ruffs the next heart in dummy and loses only one more trick to the ace of di­a­monds.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ A QJ 3 ♥ 3 2 ♦ 9 7 ♣ A K 8 6 2. Your part­ner opens one heart, you bid two clubs, he re­bids two hearts and you try two spades. Part­ner then jumps to four hearts. What do you say?

An­swer: Your part­ner has min­i­mum open­ing val­ues but a self- suf­fi­cient heart suit. He may have a con­trol in di­a­monds, but even so, slam may de­pend on a f inesse at best, and even a con­tract of f ive hearts may not be a lay­down. Pass and take your all- but- cer­tain game. West dealer N- S vul­ner­a­ble

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