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