Expiration Dates

Dealer: South
Both sides vulnerable

H A J 10 3
D A K 6 3
C A Q 3
S 7 6 3
H Q 9 7 5
D 10 9 8
C 10 8 7
S 5
H K 8 6 2
D Q J 4 2
C K J 9 6
S A J 10 9 8 4 2
H 4
D 7 5
C 5 4 2
3 SPass6 SAll Pass
Opening Lead: D 10

“I heard you and Charlotte are renewing your wedding vows tomorrow,” Cy the Cynic said to me.I nodded. “It’s the 42nd anniversary of our first date.”

“If it were up to me,” Cy said, “that sort of thing would be more than ceremonial. Marriage licenses should expire like driver’s licenses.”

Cy is no fan of matrimony. As today’s declarer, he blanched when he saw dummy’s trumps. A doubleton K-Q reminds him of marriage, and he always misplays. Cy took the ace of diamonds, drew trumps and led a heart to dummy’s jack. East won and returned a diamond. The Cynic won, took the ace of hearts and ruffed a heart. When the queen didn’t fall, he tried a club to the queen, and the slam expired.


Cy had an almost sure thing. He must take the A-K of diamonds, ruff a diamond high, cash the K-Q of trumps and ruff the last diamond high. He draws trumps and leads a heart to the jack.East wins but must return a heart or a club, and Cy gets a free finesse and his 12th trick.DAILY QUESTION

You hold:
HK 8 6 2
DQ J 4 2
CK J 9 6
. The dealer, at your left, opens one spade. Your partner and the next player pass. What do you say?

You wouldn’t come in over an opening bid at your right (I wouldn’t, at least), but actions in the “balancing” seat may be shaded. Your partner has some values, else the opponents would still be bidding, and you must not sell out cheaply. Double. Partner must realize that you may have acted with lightish values.

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About the Author:

Frank Stewart is one of the world's most prolific bridge journalists. He won many tournament events before devoting himself to writing. Frank has published hundreds of magazine and on-line articles. He has written 24 books, among them "Becoming an Expert," "Play Bridge With Me," "Who Has the Queen?" and most recently "Keys to Winning Bridge." In 2014, Frank Stewart received the International Bridge Press Association's Alan Truscott Award. He has been the senior analyst for ACBL-wide Charity and International Fund events since 1980. Frank and his wife, Charlotte, a pediatric speech pathologist, live in Fayette AL. They have a 17-year-old daughter.

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