“The ‘new’ Grapefruit lasted three days,” Cy the Cynic told me.
Grapefruit, our club member with a sour mood, had announced that he was easing up on his partners.
“Grapefruit was North,” Cy said. “At 3NT South took the ace of spades and led the ten of clubs to finesse. East won and returned a spade. South won but had only eight tricks. When he led a heart, East won, and West took three spades for down one.
“Grapefruit couldn’t stand it,” Cy the Cynic went on. “He told South that he was so dumb, his dog probably taught him tricks.”
South must win the first spade in dummy and lead a heart. If East grabs his ace to clear the spades, South has three hearts, two spades, two diamonds and two clubs. If East plays low, South attacks the clubs for nine tricks. If West has the ace of hearts, South still has chances.
“I guess Grapefruit decided he has to live up to his reputation,” I said.
Question: You hold: ♠ A2 ♥ KQJ9 ♦ AK32 ♣ 10 9 6. The dealer, at your right, opens one spade. You double, the next player raises to two spades, and your partner bids three hearts. The opening bidder passes. What do you say?
Answer: Your partner may have stuck out his neck to compete. When the opponents have opened the bidding and raised, there aren’t many high-card points left for him. Still, raise to four hearts. Partner may hold 6 5 4,108653,Q54,A3.
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