May 30, 2024
I entered the club as a man I didn’t know was leaving. “That was Cy’s therapist,” Rose said. “Cy had him come and watch a few deals.” “No more couch-coach sessions,” Cy told me in the lounge. “My guy watched one deal and said he had my problem solved.” Against Cy’s four hearts, West had

I entered the club as a man I didn’t know was leaving.

“That was Cy’s therapist,” Rose said. “Cy had him come and watch a few deals.”

“No more couch-coach sessions,” Cy told me in the lounge. “My guy watched one deal and said he had my problem solved.”

Against Cy’s four hearts, West had led a diamond. Cy lost a finesse with dummy’s queen, and East’s club shift gave the defense three more tricks.

“Your shrink watched one deal and diagnosed you?” I asked.

“He told me I don’t have any complex,” the Cynic said in a tone of relief. “He said I really am inferior.”

LAST DIAMOND

Cy’s play certainly was inferior. Cy must grab the ace of diamonds, take the A-K of spades, lead a trump to dummy and return the jack of spades, pitching his last diamond.

If West wins and leads a fourth spade, East can ruff dummy’s ten, but Cy overruffs, leads a trump to dummy and returns the queen of diamonds. Whether East covers or not, Cy gets a club discard, losing only two clubs and one spade.

DAILY QUESTION

You hold: S J 10 7 5 H K J 8 D A Q J C 8 7 4. Your partner opens one club, you bid one spade and he raises to two spades. What do you say?

ANSWER: You may have a game, especially if partner’s opening bids are known to be solid. Bid 2NT. If he raised you with four-card support and a sound hand, he can jump to four spades. With only three-card support, he may raise to 3NT. If his values are minimum, he can pass or sign off at a suit contract.

East dealer

N-S vulnerable

NORTH

S J 10 7 5

H K J 8

D A Q J

C 8 7 4

WEST

S Q 6 4 3

H 6

D 10 8 7 2

C A 6 3 2

EAST

S 9 8 2

H 7 5 2

D K 9 4 3

C Q J 10

SOUTH

S A K

H A Q 10 9 4 3

D 6 5

C K 9 5

East South West North
Pass 1 H Pass 1 S
Pass 3 H Pass 4 H
All Pass
Opening lead — D 2

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