Daily Bridge Club /
“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