“Marriage reminds me of a deck of cards,” Wendy, my club’s ardent feminist, said to me. “You start off with two hearts and a diamond, and at the end, assuming
you married a typical male, you could use a club and a spade.”
Wendy’s constant adversary, Cy the Cynic, is no fan of marriage either.
“At least you and Cy agree on something,” I said.
“It sure wasn’t his line of play in this deal,” Wendy growled, displaying the layout. “He went down at a cold grand slam.”
Wendy and Cy, North-South in a penny game, reached seven hearts. The Cynic took the ace of diamonds, cashed two rounds of trumps and tried the A-K of clubs. Alas, West ruffed. How would you play at seven hearts?
After Cy wins Trick One, he shouldn’t take two trumps — or even one trump. He cashes the ace of spades, ruffs a spade high, leads a diamond to dummy and ruffs a spade high. Cy then leads a trump to dummy and ruffs a spade high. He can lead his last trump to dummy to draw trumps and claim.
Daily Question: You hold: & 9 h AKJ 94 ( 74 $ A K 4 3 2. You open one heart, your partner responds one spade, you bid two clubs and he jumps to three hearts. What do you say?
Answer: Partner’s second-round jump is game-invitational, not forcing. He has about 10 points. To settle for four hearts would be reasonable, but if partner has an ideal minimum such as A8 6 5 3, Q 10 8, A 62, 6 5, you might make six hearts. Cuebid four clubs as a try for slam.