Cy the Cynic keeps battling his weight. He doesn't believe in exercising anything, including willpower.
"How about a diet of all-natural foods?" I suggested.
When Cy played today's slam, West led the nine of spades. Cy knew not to finesse. He took the ace, drew trumps, cashed the king of spades and led the jack: queen, ruff. Cy next led the A-K and a low diamond, hoping for a 3-3 break, but when West won and led a club, Cy had to try the finesse. East produced the king; down one.
"That contract died of natural causes," Cy shrugged.
Did Cy miss a chance?
Cy's slam would be quite alive if he drew trumps, took the top diamonds and the king of spades, and then led the jack, pitching his last diamond when East covered. East would then have to lead a club to dummy or concede a ruff-sluff. If East had one more diamond and led it, Cy would ruff, and dummy's last diamond would be a winner.
You hold: S Q 5 4 3 2 H 5 D J 9 C K 10 9 8 4. Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade and he bids two diamonds. What do you say?
ANSWER: Storm warnings are up. Partner did not jump at his second turn, so game is impossible. Pass. He may fail at two diamonds, especially with a trump lead, but more bidding may make things worse. You can't bid 2NT, which would show about 11 points, and certainly not three clubs, which would be forcing.
Both sides vulnerable
S A K J
H Q 10 9 4
D A K 4 2
C A Q