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The Buffalo News - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart

“So you’re do­ing a series on good tim­ing by de­clarer,” Cy the Cynic said to me. “You should con­sult the mas­ter of tim­ing.” “Who would that be?” “Min­nie,” Cy growled. Min­nie Bot­toms, my club’s se­nior mem­ber, wears old bi­fo­cals that make her mix up kings and jacks, of­ten to her op­po­nents’ dis­may. Cy has been Min­nie’s chief vic­tim.

“She played at 3NT,” Cy said, show­ing me to­day’s deal. “I led a heart as West: three, king, ace. And Min­nie then led the jack of clubs!”

“She thought she had the A-K,” I smiled. “She was just ‘un­block­ing.’”

“East won and re­turned a heart,” the Cynic said, “and Min­nie ducked, won the third heart and at­tacked the di­a­monds. East took the king, but Min­nie had nine tricks.”

Min­nie’s tim­ing was per­fect. She should lead a club early, forc­ing out the only en­try West might have af­ter his hearts are es­tab­lished.

But if Min­nie leads the ace and jack of clubs, East can win, lead the jack of hearts, then shift back to clubs ef­fec­tively.

J103 KJ9© K3 K9875.Your­part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond two clubs, he re­bids two di­a­monds and you try 2NT.

Part­ner then bids three clubs. What do you say?

Say “Enough!” You’ve al­ready bid this hand rather ag­gres­sively, and your part­ner’s pref­er­ence to three clubs is an at­tempt to sign off be­low game.

He sug­gests a min­i­mum, un­bal­anced hand, hence game is im­pos­si­ble. Pass or bid three di­a­monds. Part­ner’s hand may be54,A4,QJ10876,AJ4. South dealer

Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

Q98 108742 862


AK65 AQ6 Q1075 AJ

1 Pass 2 3NT All Pass Open­ing lead – 4

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