Daily Bridge Club
“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