Daily Bridge Club

That’s a wrap

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - CLASSIFIED - By FRANK STE­WART Tri­bune Con­tent Agency

“I know you two ar­gue con­stantly,” I told Cy the Cynic and Wendy, our fem­i­nist, in the club lounge. “Why not de­clare a Christ­mas truce?”

“I’ll say this,” Wendy growled. “Any­one who thinks men and women are equal never saw a man try­ing to wrap a Christ­mas gift.”

Cy had tried to wrap up 10 tricks at today’s four spades. He won the sec­ond di­a­mond and could ruff one heart in dummy but would have a di­a­mond and a heart to lose plus a trump. So Cy led a third di­a­mond, hop­ing for a 3-3 split.

DOWN TWO

East won and led a fourth di­a­mond: ruff by Cy, over­ruff. Later the Cynic man­aged to lose a trump to East and a heart. Down two.

“He’s in­ept at wrap­ping pack­ages too,” Wendy sighed.

Cy gift-wrapped 200 points for East-West. Af­ter Cy wins the sec­ond di­a­mond, he can take the ace of clubs, ruff a club, cash the A-K of trumps and ruff a club. He takes the top hearts and ruffs a heart in dummy for his ninth trick. Dummy then leads the last club, and what­ever East does, Cy scores his ten of trumps.

DAILY QUESTION

Youhold: 107632 AK43 A 8 4 2. You are the dealer. What is your open­ing call?

ANSWER: Many play­ers would feel com­pelled to open due to the three Quick Tricks. Still, the goal is win­ning tricks, and your long suit is ragged and may be dif­fi­cult or im­pos­si­ble to set up. I fear that I would open one spade like most play­ers, but I would rather hold A K 6 3 2, A 4 3 2, 9 8 4, 2. Hands are worth more when the hon­ors are lo­cated in long suits. North dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble Open­ing lead — J ©2019 Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC

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