Daily Bridge Club

Terms of en­gage­ment

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

Cy the Cynic is no fan of mat­ri­mony. He says it’s no co­in­ci­dence that “en­gage­ment” can mean ei­ther an in­ten­tion to wed or an im­pend­ing bat­tle. Cy’s least fa­vorite hold­ing is a K-Q dou­ble­ton. It re­minds him of marriage and in­vari­ably presages dis­as­ter.

Cy was to­day’s South — and paled when he saw his spades. At four hearts, he won the di­a­mond open­ing lead and took the A-K of trumps. When West dis­carded, the Cynic tried the A-K of clubs. East’s queen fell, but West won the next club with the jack and led an­other di­a­mond. The de­fense got one trick in each suit.

DRAW TRUMPS?

“I had to try to draw trumps,” Cy mum­bled.

Cy brought it all on him­self. He can take the king of trumps but should con­tinue with three rounds of clubs. Say West wins and leads an­other di­a­mond. Cy wins, goes to the ace of trumps and throws his last di­a­mond on the high club, los­ing a trump, a spade and a club.

If de­clarer keeps an en­try to dummy, he will al­ways suc­ceed when the con­tract is in­deed mak­able.

DAILY QUES­TION

Youh old: AJ943 Q109 Q 8 5 Q 5. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond one spade and he bids two clubs. What do you say?

AN­SWER: You have op­tions, de­pend­ing in part on your part­ner­ship’s agree­ments. If a jump pref­er­ence to three di­a­monds would be in­vi­ta­tional, not forc­ing, that call would be rea­son­able. If three di­a­monds would be forc­ing, or if you’re not sure, bid 2NT to in­vite game. Part­ner need not pass if his hand is shapely. South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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