Friday, January 4
In the club lounge, Cy the Cynic asked if I’d heard about a murder — committed using a piece of sandpaper.
“The perpetrator confessed,” Cy said blandly. “He said he didn’t intend to kill the victim. He just wanted to rough him up a bit.”
I groan at Cy’s jokes — and also at his dummy play. As declarer at today’s four spades, Cy ruffed the third heart and led a trump to dummy’s ace. When East discarded, the Cynic came to his ace of clubs, led a trump to dummy’s 10 and cashed the king.
Dummy then led a diamond, but East took his ace and led a fourth heart. West had to score his jack of trumps for down one, and North gave Cy the rough side of his tongue.
Cy’s play was a bit rough around the edges. After dummy’s 10 of trumps wins, Cy must lead a diamond from dummy without taking the king. If East puts up the ace (to play low is no better) and leads another heart, Cy ruffs in his hand. Whether West overruffs or discards, Cy can draw trumps and win the rest.
You hold: ♠ Q96532 ♥ Q6 ◆ K6 ♣ A 10 3. Your partner opens one heart, you bid one spade and he rebids two hearts. What do you say?
ANSWER: Your partner has a six-card or longer heart suit. If his pattern were, say, 2-5-3-3, he would have bid 1NT. With 1-5-4-3, he would have bid two diamonds. You need not pursue a contract at spades or notrump. Raise to three hearts. You have adequate heart support and a possible ruffing value in diamonds.