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
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