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Trying to keep his weight down, Cy the Cynic got a membership in a fitness center. That lasted longer than I expected: two weeks.

“It wasn’t working out, if you’ll pardon the phrase,” Cy said.

Cy has a similar problem with partnerships: He is less tolerant of his partner’s errors than his own. In today’s deal, Cy led a club against four spades, and East took the queen and ace and led … the jack of hearts.

DIAMOND RUFFS

South rose with his ace, led a diamond to the ace and ruffed a diamond. He got to dummy with trumps to ruff two more diamonds and returned with a trump to pitch a heart on the good fifth diamond. He lost one heart but made game, and soon afterwards, Cy’s partnership with East dissolved.

“I don’t need partners who boot easy defenses,” the Cynic said.

Cy will never find a perfect partner; everybody makes errors. At Trick Three East must lead a trump. He kills a vital entry to dummy before South can work on the diamonds, and South loses two hearts.

DAILY QUESTION

You hold: ♠ Q 9 7 ♥ 8 6 2 ♦ A J 7 5 2 ♣ K 8. The dealer, at your left, opens one club. Your partner doubles, and the next player bids two clubs. What do you say?

ANSWER: You might bid 2NT, a try for game. You would show 10 or 11 points with a club stopper. But the bidding suggests that partner has a light, shapely double. At notrump, the opponents may set up and cash some clubs. Bid two diamonds. If they compete to three clubs, try three diamonds.

South dealer

Both sides vulnerable

NORTH

♠ Q 9 7

♥ 8 6 2

♦ A J 7 5 2

♣ K 8

WEST

♠ 5

♥ K 7 4 3

♦ 8 4 3

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Source:: East Bay – Entertainment

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