Good Communication
When I watched today’s deal in a penny game, South was Wendy, my club’s feminist, and North was Cy the Cynic, a shameless chauvinist. The two are adversaries even when they cut as partners.

Dlr: South ♠ A 9 4
Vul: E-W 4 2
A 8 5 3
♣ J 6 3 2
♠ K 10 6 3 ♠ Q J 8 5
K 7 3 5
K 10 9 6 Q J 4
♣ 7 4 ♣ K Q 9 8 5
♠ 7 2
A Q J 1 0 9 8 6
7 2
♣ A 10
South West North East
4 All Pass

Opening lead — ♣7

Wendy opened 4 as dealer. I might have opened 1, but Wendy asserts that bidding intelligently with Cy is impossible and she may as well guess at a contract.

All passed, and West led the ♣7: deuce, queen, ace. Wendy could see 10 tricks — at least six trumps, a spade, a diamond and two clubs. She cashed the ace of trumps at Trick Two and continued with the queen. West took his king and shifted to the 10.

Wendy took dummy’s ace but had no entry to her hand to draw the missing trump. When she led a club from dummy, East rose with his king and defended accurately: He cashed the Q and led the ♠Q. Wendy took dummy’s ace and discarded her losing spade on the high ♣J, but West ruffed for down one.

“You needed some communication with your hand,” Cy observed.

“I know about communication,” Wendy growled. “To a woman, it’s the honest sharing of thoughts and feelings. To a man, it’s leaving a note when he takes off for a fishing weekend with the boys.”

I suspect that Wendy was upset with herself for going down. At Trick Two she can lead a middle trump. If West wins and shifts to a diamond, Wendy takes the ace, draws trumps and leads the ♣10 to East’s king. She gets rid of her spade loser on the ♣J.

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