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Cy the Cynic believes that “chaste makes waste.” He dates a minimum of three women per week.

“Whom would you rather go out with,” I asked Cy, “a woman with beauty or brains?”

“I like intelligent women,” Cy admitted.

“That’s because opposites attract,” Wendy, my club’s feminist, growled.

Cy and Wendy had been East-West in a penny game. Against five clubs, Wendy led a spade. Declarer won with the king, led a diamond to his ace and let the jack of clubs ride. The Cynic took his ace and led another spade, but when South’s ten won, he finessed again in trumps and made his game, losing only a heart to the ace.


“Forget to pay your brain bill?” Wendy roared at Cy. “Never send a boy to do a woman’s job.”

When Cy takes the ace of trumps, he beats the contract only by leading the queen of spades, marooning South in dummy. If South then tries to reach his hand by leading a heart, Cy grabs the ace and leads a third spade to let Wendy score her queen of trumps.


You hold: ♠ A K J 9 ♥ K J 10 3 ♦ 6 ♣ K 10 5 3. Your partner opens one heart. The next player passes. What do you say?

ANSWER: Slam is likely, but you can’t use an ace-asking 4NT bid. If partner held Q 4, A 9 8 7 6, K Q 7 5, Q 2, the five level would not be safe. You have options. One is a jump-shift to two spades, planning to support the hearts next. Another is a “splinter” bid of four diamonds to show heart support, diamond shortness and slam interest.

East dealer

N-S vulnerable


♠ A K J 9

♥ K J 10 3

♦ 6

♣ K 10 5 3


♠ 7 2

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Source:: East Bay – Entertainment

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