Fri­day, Jan­uary 4

The Mercury News Weekend - - OBITUARIES & IN MEMORIAMS - Frank Ste­wart

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.

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