Daily Bridge Club

Cy’s dou­ble-cross

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

“Al­ways look both ways be­fore cross­ing a woman.” — Cy the Cynic

“Wendy was on my case again,” Cy told me. “She says that when I’m her part­ner, she feels as if she has three op­po­nents.”

“You had an­other de­fen­sive mis­fire?” I asked.

Cy and Wendy had been East­West in the club’s penny game, and she led the king of di­a­monds against four spades.

“I sig­naled with the eight,” the Cynic said, “and Wendy con­tin­ued with the ace and a third di­a­mond. I ruffed, but de­clarer won my heart re­turn, took the ace of trumps, led a heart to dummy and re­turned a trump to his jack. He drew trumps and threw a club on the queen of di­a­monds, mak­ing four. Wendy said I’d dou­ble-crossed her.”


A sig­nal’s pur­pose is to di­rect the de­fense. Cy wanted a club shift at Trick Two, not more di­a­monds. He had a nat­u­ral trump trick and didn’t need a ruff.

Cy’s “count” sig­nal with the eight of di­a­monds is wrong. He should play the deuce: “at­ti­tude.” If Wendy shifts to a club, South loses four tricks.


opens one di­a­mond, you bid one heart and he jumps to three di­a­monds. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Slam is likely. Your part­ner has six or seven good di­a­monds and about 16 high-card points. One op­tion is to raise to four di­a­monds, as­sum­ing he will treat it as forc­ing. An­other is to sim­ply blast into six di­a­monds. Op­po­site a typ­i­cal hand­suchasAJ2,43,AKJ852, K 7, slam will be cold. South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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