Both sides vulnerable


{spade} A Q 7 3

{heart} A J 6 3 2

{diam} 8 4

{club} K 10


{spade} 8 6 5 2

{heart} K 9 7

{diam} K 10 5

{club} Q 8 7


{spade} None

{heart} Q 10 8 4

{diam} Q 9 7 3

{club} J 9 5 3 2


{spade} K J 10 9 4

{heart} 5

{diam} A J 6 2

{club} A 6 4

The bidding: NorthEastSouthWest1 {heart} Pass 1 {spade} Pass 2 {spade} Pass3 {diam} Pass 4 {spade} Pass 5 {club} Pass 6 {spade} All Pass Opening lead: {spade} 6

Cy the Cynic continues to struggle with his weight. Cy told me he went to his doctor for a checkup, and when he got on the scale, a note taped to the wall read, "Pretend it's your IQ."

Cy's bridge IQ is high enough, but as today's declarer he must have been wondering where he was going to go for dinner. When West led a trump against six spades, Cy won in dummy and led a diamond to his jack.

West took the king and led a second trump, and Cy was sunk. He had two diamonds and a club to ruff in dummy, but dummy had only two trumps left. Down one.

Cy succeeds with a crossruff if he prevents West from getting in to lead a second trump. Cy's best play is to win the first trump in his hand and lead a club to dummy's 10, trading his diamond loser for a club loser.

East wins but has no more trumps. If he returns a diamond, Cy takes the ace, and the play continues: king of clubs, ace of hearts, heart ruff, ace of clubs to pitch a diamond from dummy, crossruff.

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} K J 10 9 4 {heart} 5 {diam} A J 6 2 {club} A 6 4.

Your partner opens one club, you bid one spade and he rebids two clubs. The opponents pass. What do you say?

Answer: Slam is possible. Even a minimum hand for partner -- A 6, J 7 6, K 5, K Q 10 9 5 3 -- will make six clubs a good spot. Bid two diamonds (a new suit, hence forcing) and jump in clubs next. You'll show a good hand with heart shortness and let partner judge how well your hands fit for slam.

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