Cy the Cynic keeps battling his weight, and his weight seems to be winning.
“Trying any new diets?” I asked.
“The closest I’ve come to dieting this year,” Cy said, “is deleting all the food searches from my browser history.”
Cy needs to browse some books on dummy play, particularly on managing entries (my topic this week). When Cy was declarer at today’s 3NT, he won the first diamond with the ace, cashed the king of clubs, led a heart to dummy, took the ace of clubs and led a third club hopefully. When East held Q-J-4-2, the Cynic couldn’t use the long clubs. He managed eight tricks.
At Trick Two, South must overtake his king of clubs with the ace. He returns the ten, forcing an honor from East, wins the (say) heart return in dummy and forces out East’s other high club. South can then win the next heart and go to the ace of spades for the good clubs. He has nine tricks.
Yes, West might have chosen a heart opening lead, but South could still make 3NT.
You hold: S Q 10 8 4 2 H A 10 2 D A K 5 2 C K. Your partner opens one heart, you bid one spade and he rebids two hearts. What do you say?
ANSWER: You can make a slam if partner has the right minimum hand, with strong hearts, the ace of clubs and a spade honor. If he has 7 6, K Q 9 6 5 3, J 7, A Q 9, you must stop at game. Bid three diamonds. If partner bids 3NT next, bid four hearts, implying slam interest with shortness in clubs. He can evaluate his hand.
H K 7
D 7 6 4 3
C A 10 9 8 7 3
S K J 9 5
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment