Bridge: Aug. 8, 2018

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Cy the Cynic, who seems to have a new love interest every week, told me he had gone to a comedy club where a ventriloquist was performing.

“He had a dummy that was so beautiful I was infatuated with her,” Cy admitted.

“You could have asked her for a date,” I said gravely.

“I would have,” Cy said blandly, “but she was already spoken for.”

In a penny game, Cy became declarer at today’s four spades after West bid hearts and clubs. Cy took the ace of clubs and cashed the K-A of trumps. When West showed out, the Cynic tried a diamond finesse with his jack. West produced the queen, and the defense also got a trump and two hearts.


I’m afraid Cy played like a dummy. Eleven of West’s cards were spoken for: West had one trump and surely had five hearts and five clubs on the bidding. So Cy’s diamond finesse couldn’t gain. If East had, say, Q-9-7-6, he would always win a diamond trick.

Cy’s only chance is to cash the A-K, hoping the queen falls from West.


You hold: S 5 H A Q 10 9 3 D Q 7 C K Q J 9 2. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart, he bids one spade and you try two clubs. Partner next bids two diamonds. What do you say?

ANSWER: This auction might be awkward for an unpracticed partnership. If partner holds Q 7 4 2, 5, A K J 9 4 2, A 4, you have a slam, but if you bid two hearts or three of a minor, he might wrongly treat it as not forcing. Jump to four diamonds.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable


S A 4

H J 8 4 2

D 10 5 2

C 7 6 4 3


S 5

H A Q 10 9 3

D Q 7

C K Q J 9 2


S J 10 9 8

H K 6

D 9 8 6 3

C 10 8 5


S K Q 7 6 3 2

H 7 5

D A K J 4


South West North East

1 S 2 H Pass Pass

Dbl 3 C Pass Pass

3 D Pass 3 S Pass

4 S All Pass

Opening lead — C K

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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