“How did Cy get that way?” a club player asked me. “He’s such a fatalist, I can’t see why he plays at all.”
Cy the Cynic expects the worst and is seldom disappointed. As South in a team match, he opened one club. When East overcalled 1NT, Cy showed his diamonds and landed at five clubs.
West led a heart, and East took the Q-A and shifted to the king of spades. Cy took dummy’s ace, throwing a diamond. He led a diamond to his queen, cashed the ace, ruffed a diamond in dummy and finessed in trumps. Making five.”
“Wasn’t Cy happy to be plus 600?” my friend asked. “East beats five clubs by leading the king of trumps at Trick Three.”
“In the replay,” I said, “the auction began the same way, but South passed over 1NT. North doubled, all passed and South led the queen of diamonds. East took his king and led the king of spades (not best). North won and shifted to the queen of clubs. Down five, minus 1,400. Cy’s team lost 13 IMPs.”
“I begin to understand,” my friend said.
You hold: S K Q 9 7 2 H A Q 5 D K 9 2 C K 5. You are the dealer. What call do you make?
ANSWER: Even if you are willing, or maybe eager, to open 1NT with a five-card major, to do so here would be questionable. You have 17 points with a good five-card suit, and most of your values are primary. You should be able to manage the auction after opening one spade. If, for example, partner responds 1NT, you will raise to 2NT.
Both sides vulnerable
S A J 10 8 6 5
H K J 3
D 6 5
C Q 2
S 4 3
H 10 8 7 4 2
D 10 7 4
C 6 4 …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment