Bridge: Oct. 2, 2023

Bridge: Oct. 2, 2023

“You know what annoys me?” Cy the Cynic said to me in the club lounge.

“Aside from Wendy?” I asked mildly.

“People accuse me of lolly-gagging,” said Cy, “when what I’m really doing is dilly-dallying.”

When I watched a penny game, Cy played at 3NT, and West led a diamond. Dummy’s jack won. Cy next led a spade: jack, queen, ace. West returned a spade to Cy’s king.

Cy then disappeared into a long huddle.

“Pussy-footing won’t help you,” North finally sighed.

“I’m thinking,” Cy growled.


Cy cashed the A-K of clubs and exited with a spade. East took two spades and led a heart, and Cy went down two when West had the king.

“Which one were you doing then?” I asked the Cynic.

After the first trick, not much could help Cy. (He could guess to play West for A-x in spades.) Cy should win the first diamond with the ace. He unblocks the A-K of clubs and leads a low diamond. He can reach dummy with the ten to take the Q-J of clubs and end with nine tricks.


You hold: S A 3 H K 10 5 D Q 8 7 5 4 C 9 7 4. Your partner opens one spade, you respond 1NT, he bids two hearts and you return to two spades. Partner next bids three diamonds. What do you say?

ANSWER: Your hand is golden. All three honors are working. Partner has extra strength to bid a third time, and if his hand is short in clubs, your hands fit together perfectly. I would be tempted to bid six diamonds. Partner may hold KQ654,AQ64,KJ93,None.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable


S 6 4 2

H 7 4 3

D J 10 9

C Q J 8 5


S A 3

H K 10 5

D Q 8 7 5 4

C 9 7 4


S J 10 9 8

H J 9 8 6

D 2

C 10 6 3 2


S K Q 7 5

H A Q 2

D A K 6 3


South West North East
2 C Pass 2 D Pass
3 NT All Pass
Opening lead — D 5

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