“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?”

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“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

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