LIFE & CUL­TURE

Cy the Cynic says that he would seize the day if it would ever come over by his bed in the morn­ing. Cy is with­out a doubt my club’s lazi­est player, away from and

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Frank Stewart

at the ta­ble. He adopts the first line of play that comes to mind.

Cy was to­day’s East, hav­ing over­called in hearts, and West led the king against 3NT. Cy sig­naled with the nine, but if West had led a sec­ond heart, he would have had to bor­row one from another deck.

West shifted to a spade, but de­clarer let it ride to his queen and lost a club fi­nesse. Cy re­turned a spade to the ace, but South had four di­a­monds, four clubs and two spades.

Cy had an op­por­tu­nity but didn’t seize it. South is marked with Q-10-7 of hearts for his 3NT bid, and since Cy has only one side en­try, he can’t beat the con­tract with heart tricks.

Cy’s best chance is to over­take the king of hearts with his ace and shift to the jack of spades. Then South can take four di­a­mond tricks, two hearts, a club and a spade, but no more.

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: & J102 h A J9632 ( 75 $ K 2. Your part­ner opens one club, you re­spond one heart and he bids one spade. The op­po­nents pass. What do you say?

An­swer: This seems to me to be a close de­ci­sion. A re­bid of two hearts would be above crit­i­cism, but you have some use­ful hon­ors in part­ner’s suits. He would pass two hearts with a hand such as A Q 7 3, K 4, 8 6, A J 6 5 3. If your side is vul­ner­a­ble, jump to three hearts to in­vite game. by Dana Sum­mers

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