Magazine article The Spectator

Bridge

Magazine article The Spectator

Bridge

Article excerpt

Time and again in bridge, when tackling problematic contracts, I miss simple solutions which, it turns out, were staring me in the face. It's some consolation to know that this sort of temporary blindness is a fairly common condition: bridge clubs are full of people slapping their heads and groaning as they see - too late - how they should have played a hand. That's just one of the things that separates the mere mortals from the pros: they have full vision, at all times.

Anyway, a friend showed me this deal from a local teams event. The contract was the same at both tables - as was the lead of the .8 (second highest from a rubbish holding). Would you have had the same blind spot as one of the declarers?

81 At the first table, declarer called for dummy's .10, and East, correctly, saw no reason to cover with his .K. When he played low, declarer followed with the . …

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