The Christmas spirit seems to have infused Cy the Cynic and Wendy. Cy, a chauvinist, and Wendy, my club’s ardent feminist, are always arguing. All they’ve ever
exchanged for Christmas have been sour looks, but after today’s deal, they actually smiled.
The two were East-West in a penny game, defending against four hearts doubled, and Cy led the ace of clubs. Wendy diagnosed the lead for the singleton it was and played the ten as a suit-preference signal: a strikingly high club to suggest an entry in the high-ranking side suit.
The Cynic duly led a spade, and Wendy took the queen and led the eight of clubs: suit preference again. Cy ruffed, led a spade to Wendy’s ace, ruffed the next club and gave Wendy a spade ruff. Down three, plus 800 to East-West.
“Nice double, partner,” Wendy said. “You finally did something right.”
“Nice signals, partner,” Cy forced out. “Your defense was surprisingly good.”
For Cy and Wendy, it was a lavish exchange of compliments.
Daily Question: You hold: & 874 h A Q1098 ( AQ $ 6 4 3. Your partner opens one club, you bid one heart and he rebids two clubs. What do you say?
Answer: A raise to three clubs or a jump-rebid of three hearts would be invitational, not forcing, and you have enough strength to commit to game. To blast into 3NT might work, but your partner probably should be declarer at that contract. Bid two diamonds. If he next bids two hearts or 2NT, you will know what to do. by Dana Summers