BRIDGE | Frank Stewart Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12

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Cy the Cynic’s for­mer job, if he had one, is a mys­tery at my club. Cy won’t talk about it ex­cept to give gag an­swers to queries.

“Cy, did you con­duct an orches­tra?”

“Briefly, but I was dis­con­certed.”

“He wouldn’t have worked as a pie-taster in a pie fac­tory,” Rose told me. “That’s how lazy he is.”

As de­clarer, Cy seizes on the first line of play he sees. At six hearts, he took the ace of spades, drew trumps end­ing in dummy and led a di­a­mond to his queen. West took the ace, and East’s jack scored for down one.

“Such lazi­ness,” Rose sighed.

Af­ter Cy draws trumps, he must try to get a count. He takes the king of spades, ruffs a spade in dummy, cashes the top clubs and ruffs a club. Cy then knows West had five spades for his over­call, three trumps and at least three clubs, so two di­a­monds at most. More­over, West surely has the ace of di­a­monds for his bid.

So the Cynic leads a di­a­mond to dummy’s king and plays low from his hand on the next di­a­mond to make the slam. DAILY QUES­TION:

You hold: ♠ K82 ♥ KJ1062 ◆ Q72 ♣ A 5. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond one heart and he bids one spade. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Your best con­tract may be 3NT, but you need not rush into it. Part­ner’s hand is not well de­fined; he could hold a hand where five di­a­monds or four of a ma­jor suit is bet­ter, or where 3NT will suc­ceed only if he is de­clarer. Bid two clubs, a forc­ing “fourth-suit” bid. Let him con­tinue to de­scribe his hand.

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