Cy’s Sense of Romance


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“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
A
K 9 8
♣ 9 5
East South West North
2 3♠ Pass 5♠
Pass 6♠ All Pass

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.

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