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Cy's blind spot

Cy's blind spot

Cy's blind spot

Cy the Cynic had been to see Dr. Ed Fitch, an ophthalmologist and our club president.

"I couldn't believe it," Cy said. "Ed says I'm color-blind."

"You had no idea?"

"The diagnosis came completely out of the red," Cy said.

Ed's finding may not help Cy's bridge; Cy has blind spots as declarer. At six spades, he took the A-K of clubs, drew trumps and led a diamond: six, jack, queen. East returned a diamond, and the Cynic took dummy's A-K. When West discarded, Cy ruffed dummy's last diamond and finessed in hearts. Down one.

Finesse

Cy was blind to the presence of the seven of diamonds. When West plays the six on the first diamond, Cy should play the seven from dummy. When East wins, he must lead a red suit, giving Cy a free finesse, or a club, conceding a ruff-sluff.

If West plays the ten on the first diamond, Cy puts up dummy's ace, returns a trump to his hand and leads a second diamond. Then, if West could play the eight or nine, Cy would play dummy's jack effectively.

Daily question

You hold: S A K J 9 8 3 H Q 6 D 4 3 2 C A 3. Your partner opens one heart, you bid one spade and he rebids two hearts. What do you say?

Answer: This problem is uncomfortable. If your partner has Q 5, A K J 4 3 2, A 7, 8 7 6, you can make a grand slam. Partners rarely have perfect cards, and to raise to four hearts and settle for a sure game would be reasonable. If you wish to try for more, bid three spades (if partner will treat it as forcing) or three clubs.

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