Opening Lead: K
Cy the Cynic is a confirmed pessimist — he absorbs sunshine and radiates gloom — but I’d never seen him so downcast.”What ails you?” I asked.
Cy showed me today’s deal.
“I was South,” he said. “When North jumped to 2NT, I almost bid slam. After I settled for game and East doubled, I redoubled.”
West led the king of clubs, and East ruffed dummy’s ace and led a trump. The Cynic won in dummy and led a club, but East ruffed (!) to lead his last trump. Cy could ruff one club in dummy but lost two clubs to West at the end. Down one!
“Fate kicked me in the teeth,” Cy said.I was afraid that if I leveled with Cy, he might go jump off a cliff. When he wins East’s trump switch at Trick Two, he can ruff a heart and lead a club. If East ruffs and leads a trump, Cy wins in dummy, ruffs a heart, ruffs a club and ruffs a heart.
Cy then leads a diamond to dummy, returns a fourth heart and pitches his ace of diamonds on East’s ace! East must give dummy the rest.
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