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Cy the Cynic’s former job is a mystery. Cy replies to our questions with enigmatic answers.
“I know you won’t reveal what you did,” I said, “but at least tell me if it was hard work.”
“Some days,” Cy replied, “I got nothing done because nothing else could wait.”
Some declarers won’t wait to draw trumps. Today’s declarer ruffed the third heart and led a diamond: six, king. East ducked. South next … drew trumps. He took three high clubs, and when East discarded, declarer led a diamond to the queen. He lost two diamonds: down one.
After South wins Trick Four, he can lead a trump to his hand and a second diamond to the queen. If East wins and leads a trump,
South can win in dummy, ruff a diamond, go to the king of clubs and draw trumps. He takes the A-Q of clubs and dummy’s last trump for 10 tricks.
Or, South might take the K-Q of trumps. When EastWest follow, South sets up the clubs with a high ruff in dummy, draws trumps with the ace and takes two good clubs.
You hold: ´ AQ54 ™ Q3© 52 ® AQ854.Yourpartner opens one heart, and the next player passes. What do you say?
Answer: The correct call is two clubs. If your hand were worth only one constructive response, you would look for a fit in a major suit. Hence, with Q542,Q3,52,AQ854, you would respond one spade. With the actual hand, respond normally in your long suit. If partner rebids two hearts, you can continue economically with a bid of two spades. South dealer N-S vulnerable
NORTH KJ63 965 KQ74 K7
WEST 92 KJ72 J86 J1063 SOUTH AQ54 Q3 52 AQ854 South West North East 1 ® Pass 1 Pass 1 ´ Pass 4 All Pass Opening lead –
EAST 1087 A1084 A1093 92 2