Daily Bridge Club

Sup­ple­men­tary is­sues

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

I looked up “lazy” in the dictionary, and a pic­ture of Cy the Cynic was there. As de­clarer, he seizes upon the first line of play he sees.

“You would do bet­ter if you weren’t so lazy,” I told Cy.

“There may be a sup­ple­ment I could take for that,” the Cynic said. “Look into it for me, will you?”

Against to­day’s four spades, West took the K-A of clubs and led the jack of hearts. Cy won in dummy and ran all his trumps. East kept three hearts, and Cy lost a di­a­mond and a heart. Down one.

“Hearts might have split 3-3,” Cy shrugged.

SEC­OND HEART

South must win the first heart in his hand and con­cede a di­a­mond. He wins the next heart in dummy, ruffs a di­a­mond and takes the A-K of trumps. If trumps broke 4-1, South would have to guess how to pro­ceed, but when trumps break 3-2, he ruffs an­other di­a­mond.

When di­a­monds break 3-3, South draws trumps, leads a heart to dummy and dis­cards a heart on the good di­a­mond. If di­a­monds broke 4-2, South would suc­ceed if hearts broke 3-3.

DAILY QUES­TION

You hold: 6 5 4 J 10 K 8 3 A K 10 7 3. Your part­ner opens one heart, you re­spond two

clubs and he re­bids two hearts. What do you say?

AN­SWER: This sit­u­a­tion is a bit awk­ward. You have enough strength for one more for­ward-go­ing bid, invit­ing game, but have no at­trac­tive call. To bid 2NT with such weak spades doesn’t ap­peal. Raise to three hearts. You would pre­fer to have three-card sup­port, but the dou­ble­ton J-10 will have to do. North dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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