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.

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

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

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