“I heard you split with your latest girlfriend,” I remarked to Cy the Cynic. He dates at least three women a week and has had countless “permanent” relationships.
“We’re back together,” Cy said matter-of-factly. “I broke up with her on the 13th and made up on the 15th. I saved a fortune on money for roses and candy.”
|Dlr: East||♠ 9 8|
|Vul: All||♥ J 5 3|
|♦ A J 7|
|♣ A K 10 6 2|
|♠ Q 7 2||♠ 10|
|♥ 7 6 2||♥ K Q 10 9 8 4|
|♦ 10 5 4 3 2||♦ Q 6|
|♣ J 4||♣ Q 8 7 3|
|♠ A K J 6 5 4 3|
|♦ K 9 8|
|♣ 9 5|
Opening lead — ♦K
Cy’s sense of timing isn’t that good at the bridge table. As today’s South, he landed at 6♠ after East opened a weak two-bid in hearts. West led a heart, and the Cynic took the ace and cashed the A-K of trumps. When East showed out, Cy continued with the top clubs and a club ruff, hoping for a 3-3 break. This time, West discarded.
Out of options, Cy took the ♦K and finessed with dummy’s jack. He lost to East’s doubleton queen, and West’s high trump won the setting trick.<?p>
Cy could afford to buy his girlfriend a nice Valentine’s gift with more careful play. After he takes the top trumps, he leads a club to the ace, ruffs a heart, goes to the ♣K and ruffs the last heart. Cy then exits with a trump.
West has no more hearts. If he had a third club and led it, Cy would ruff, and dummy’s clubs would be good. As it is, West must lead a diamond, and dummy plays low. East must play the queen, and Cy is home.
This line of play offers many chances. Cy would succeed if West held, say, Q-x-x-x in clubs and either the 10 or queen of diamonds. If West had Q-J-x-x in clubs and could exit safely when he took the queen of trumps, Cy could hope to guess well in diamonds.