Bridge: Jan. 10, 2021

“Cy subscribes to the theory of male superiority,” Wendy, my club’s feminist, said to me.

“I fear he does.”

“Well, I’m canceling his subscription,” Wendy growled.

Cy the Cynic had challenged Wendy to make six spades in today’s deal. (West leads the king of hearts. Decide how you can play to win 12 tricks.)

Cy had gone down in his penny game. He ruffed the king of hearts in dummy, took the ace of clubs and ruffed a club. Cy then tried to draw trumps with dummy’s A-Q so he could run the clubs, but East discarded. Cy took only 10 tricks.


Wendy found a winning play, though it took her more than a few minutes. South ruffs the opening lead, takes the A-K of clubs to pitch a heart and ruffs a club with the king of trumps. He goes to a high trump and leads a good club to discard his last heart. West ruffs, but South wins any return, leads a trump to dummy and runs the clubs to pitch his diamond losers.

“Cy lapsed,” Wendy told me, “and so did his subscription.”


You hold: S K 10 7 6 5 3 H Q J 3 D A 8 2 C 7.

Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade and he bids two clubs. What do you say?

ANSWER: This is a judgment call. If you want to settle for inviting game — a reasonable view since your king of spades may not be a useful card — jump to three hearts. If instead you are willing to play at game opposite whatever minimum hand partner may hold, bid four hearts. Tend to bid game if you’re vulnerable.

  Bridge: Jan. 16, 2022

West dealer

N-S vulnerable


S A Q 4

H None

D J 9 4

C A K 9 5 4 3 2


S J 9 2

H A K 10 7 4

D Q 6 3

C Q 8


S 8

H 9 8 6 5 2

D K 10 7 5

C J 10 6


S K 10 7 6 5 3

H Q J 3

D A 8 2

C 7

West North East South
1 H 2 C 4 H 4 S
Pass 6 S All Pass

Opening lead — H K

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