N-S vulnerable

NORTH

{spade} A J 9 5 4

{heart} 9 4

{diam} A 9 2

{club} K 8 7

WEST

{spade} 8 6

{heart} J 10 2

{diam} 10 8 6 4 3

{club} Q J 3

EAST

{spade} K Q 10 7

{heart} Q 6 5

{diam} Q J

{club} 10 9 5 4

SOUTH (D)

{spade} 3 2

{heart} A K 8 7 3

{diam} K 7 5

{club} A 6 2

The bidding:SouthWestNorthEast1 {heart} Pass1 {spade} Pass1 NTPass3 NTAll Pass Opening lead: {club} Q

Wendy, my club's feminist, had been a big winner in the day's penny Chicago game, mostly at the expense of her adversary Cy the Cynic.

"It would never occur to Cy that I actually outplayed him," Wendy told me. "He defines intelligence in a woman as what a man looks for after he's looked at everything else."

Cy, South, won the first club in his hand and led a spade to dummy's nine. Wendy, East, won with the king and returned a club. The Cynic took the king, led a heart to his ace and hopefully tried a second spade to the jack. Wendy won and cashed two clubs, and when the spades failed to break 3-3, Cy had to lose another trick. Down one.

If Wendy wins the first spade with the ten, Cy may become disenchanted with the spades and shift to hearts. Then he can take four hearts, a spade, two diamonds and two clubs.

"I fooled him," Wendy said, "but he acted like it was an accident. A man blames a woman who fools him as he blames a door he bumps into in the dark."

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} 3 2 {heart} A K 8 7 3 {diam} K 7 5 {club} A 6 2.

Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart and he bids 1NT. The opponents pass. What do you say?

Answer: You could raise to 3NT, but if partner has weak spades and heart support, you may belong at four hearts. Jump to three clubs. Since he'd often have opened one club with four cards in each minor, he's unlikely to raise. If he insists on 3NT, you'll pass. If he tries three hearts, you'll bid four.

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