Cy the Cynic and I were sit­ting in the club lounge when a player came over. “My part­ner is a CPA,” he told us. “He says try­ing to fig­ure out per­cent­age plays as de­clarer drives him nuts.”

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Frank Ste­wart Daily Ques­tion: by higher hon­ors. Hold your nose and open one club. Open­ing with a “pre­pared bid” on a three-card club suit is un­pleas­ant, but open­ing one di­a­mond would en­tail even more risk.

“When ac­coun­tants go mad, do they start to hear in­voices?” Cy won­dered.

My friend had been de­clarer at to­day’s 3NT.

“I won the first di­a­mond with the ace,” he said, “and ducked a club. East re­turned the ten of di­a­monds, and I took the king and led the ace and a low club. With a 3-3 break, I would have had two club tricks and nine in all. As it was, East took two clubs and led a heart. So I won, cashed the king of spades and fi­nessed with the jack.”

“I made 3NT, but my part­ner pro­duced some cal­cu­la­tions and said I should have led a spade to my nine at Trick Two. If the ten won, I would still suc­ceed if the queen fell un­der the A-K.”

As best I can tell, the two plays are about equal. No doubt some math­e­ma­ti­cian (or CPA) can say ex­actly. Both work as the cards lie.

You hold: AJ32 K J 4 ( A75 $ 7 5 4. You are the dealer, nei­ther side vul­ner­a­ble. What is your open­ing call?

An­swer: I cer­tainly wouldn’t en­joy open­ing the bid­ding with this bar­ren hand, but it has two and a half de­fen­sive tricks and a pair of jacks that are sup­ported

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