LIFE & CULTURE
Cy the Cynic, a believer in Murphy’s Law (“Whatever can go wrong, will”), says that not only do two wrongs not make a right, the two wrongs are probably just the beginning.
When today’s South opened three spades, Cy, North, put him in six. South won the heart lead and took the king of trumps. To his annoyance, East showed out.
South next took the ace of clubs, drew trumps and led another club. When West discarded, South took the king and led the jack, but East played low. South took the ace of diamonds and ruffed a diamond with his last trump to get back to his hand, but East won the last two tricks with the queen of clubs and king of hearts. Down one as Cy watched resignedly. Cy’s bid was fine, but South committed two wrongs. He kept dummy’s high clubs and planned to finesse in the suit.
As South draws trumps, he must discard the blocking K-J of clubs. He can lead his ten to force out the queen, ruff East’s heart return, run the clubs and win Trick 13 with the ace of diamonds.
Daily Question: You hold: & K3 h AJ 42 ( AJ63 $ A K J. You open 2NT, and your partner bids three diamonds, a “transfer” response. What do you say?
Answer: Partner has five or more hearts; he asks you to bid three hearts, after which he can bid on. (He might bid 3NT to let you choose a game.) Because your hand is so suitable for a heart contract, jump to four hearts. If partner has 8 76,K10875,54,876,youwillhavea chance, and he would pass a bid of three hearts with that hand. by Dana Summers