Cy the Cynic was sit­ting mo­rosely at a cor­ner ta­ble in the lounge.

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“He lost an­other match to Min­nie’s team,” Rose told me. “Cy is start­ing to think it’s not just her glasses. Min­nie found a good line of play that he missed.”

Min­nie Bot­toms wears old bi­fo­cals that make her mix up kings and jacks, of­ten to her op­po­nents’ dis­may. Cy is Min­nie’s chief vic­tim. Both Min­nie and Cy played at four spades, and West led a heart. East won and re­turned a heart to the king.

“Cy took the ace of trumps next,” Rose said. “He didn’t want to go to dummy to lead a trump since he needed the ace of di­a­monds as an en­try to fi­nesse in clubs. But when West dis­carded, the Cynic lost two trumps. Down one.”

Min­nie did bet­ter: At Trick Three she led ... the jack of trumps!

“Think­ing it was the king,” Rose sighed.

East won and led an­other heart, but Min­nie ruffed, led a di­a­mond to the ace and picked up the trumps. When the queen of clubs fell un­der the A-K (!), she made the game.

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: & KQ8h AJ873 ( Q102 $ Q 8. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you bid one heart and he re­bids two di­a­monds. What do you say?

An­swer: This prob­lem is awk­ward. You have enough strength to com­mit to game. To leap to 3NT might work, but it would be painful to get a club open­ing lead and be greeted with a dummy such asA76,2,AKJ765,765.Bidtwo spades. If your part­ner bids 2NT next, raise to 3NT. Oth­er­wise, steer clear of notrump.

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