Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

A Trump Promotion May Be in the Cards

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

A Trump Promotion May Be in the Cards

Article excerpt

P.T. Barnum said, "Without promotion, something terrible happens ... nothing!"

In the circus business, that is no doubt true. But at the bridge table, if one side gains a trump promotion, it is terrible only for the other side.

In this deal, South is in four spades. West leads the diamond two. South wins with dummy's ace and plays the spade jack. East takes that trick and leads the diamond king. How should South continue?

Over East's one-diamond opening, many players would overcall three spades with that South hand -- and it would be a reasonable choice. But four spades has a lot going for it, being more inconvenient to the opponents, perhaps making it impossible for them to uncover a big heart fit. Also, remember, bid more with seven- four.

It is easy for declarer to be careless in this deal, assuming a favorable spade break and believing he will lose only two spades and one heart. …

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