"The man's like Rumpelstiltskin," Cy the Cynic said, speaking of Ed, my club's best player. "He just drew trumps when he didn't have any."

Ed landed at six hearts after North's bidding showed slam interest with a singleton diamond.

"I was West and led a trump," Cy said. "If I'd led a spade, Ed could have made the slam on a crossruff, scoring all nine of his trumps plus three side aces. But after my trump lead, a crossruff would leave him a trick short. He had to try to set up a side suit."

"He didn't have enough transportation to establish the diamonds," I observed. "If he got to his hand with club ruffs, he would lose control of trumps. Even if he set up his fifth diamond, he couldn't win a trick with it."

"Ed took the ace of diamonds at Trick Two and ruffed a diamond," Cy said. "He cashed the ace of clubs, ruffed a club, ruffed a diamond, and ruffed a club. He ruffed another diamond, setting up the long diamond.

"Ed then ruffed another club and took his ace of trumps, pitching a spade from dummy. I still had a trump, and he had none. But he led his good diamond and pitched another spade, leaving dummy with the bare ace."

Cy was helpless. He ruffed - letting Ed draw trumps - and dummy won the last two tricks with the ace of spades and a good club.