LIFE & CULTURE
“Why do they call Cy ‘ the Cynic’?” a club player asked me. “I know he distrusts everything and everybody, but what has that to do with his bridge?”
“His partners and teammates— and his opponents— always ruin him,” I said. I produced today’s deal. “Cy wasWest,” I said, “defending against 3NT. He led the 10 of clubs, and declarer won in dummy and let the 10 of diamonds ride. Cy took the queen. What should he do?” My friend surveyed the layout. “He must shift to spades,” he said, “but a low spade isn’t good enough. Declarer will play low from dummy. East will take the queen, but declarer will have two spade stoppers. To lead the king or jack won’t work either. To prevail, Cy must lead the nine of spades.”
“Very good,” I nodded. “Cy found that play at the table.” “Well done!” “Indeed,” I said. “But when dummy played low, East put up the queen, playing third hand high. So South made 3NT anyway.” “I begin to understand,” my friend said. Daily Question: You hold: & A 10 4 3 h KQ6( 10 9 4 $ K J 4. Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade and he bids two clubs. What do you say?
Answer: A jump to three hearts would be ideal if forcing, but most pairs treat a jump- preference ( after your one- overone response) as invitational. You would bid three hearts with A 10 4 3, K 7 6, 10 9 4, K J 4. As it is, bid four hearts and hope partner doesn’t pass with a perfect hand such as 2, A J 10 8 2, A K, Q 10 7 6 2.
by Dana Summers