Los Angeles Times - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart 2017, Tri­bune Me­dia Ser­vices

“Mar­riage re­minds me of a deck of cards,” Wendy, my club’s ar­dent fem­i­nist, said to me. “You start off with two hearts and a di­a­mond, and at the end, as­sum­ing you mar­ried a typ­i­cal male, you could use a club and a spade.”

Wendy’s con­stant ad­ver­sary Cy the Cynic is no fan of mar­riage ei­ther.

“At least you and Cy agree on some­thing,” I said.

“It sure wasn’t his line of play in this deal,” Wendy growled, dis­play­ing the lay­out. “He went down at a cold grand slam.”

Wendy and Cy, North­South in a penny game, reached seven hearts. The Cynic took the ace of di­a­monds, cashed two rounds of trumps and tried the A-K of clubs. Alas, West ruffed. How would you play at seven hearts?

Af­ter Cy wins Trick One, he shouldn’t take two trumps — or even one trump. He cashes the ace of spades, ruffs a spade high, leads a di­a­mond to dummy and ruffs a spade high. Cy then leads a trump to dummy and ruffs a spade high. He can lead his last trump to dummy to draw trumps and claim.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ 9♥ AKJ94 ♦ 74 ♣ AK432.You open one heart, your part­ner re­sponds one spade, you bid two clubs and he jumps to three hearts. Now what?

An­swer: Part­ner’s sec­ond-round jump is game-in­vi­ta­tional, but it’s not forc­ing. He has about 10 points. Cue-bid four clubs as a try for slam.

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