Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Fit Is Fantastic, Better Than Points

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Fit Is Fantastic, Better Than Points

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Knute Rockne was a famous football player and coach at Notre Dame. He said, "Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points."

At the bridge table, though, weak hands in terms of points can be strong because of their distribution, particularly when they have a good fit with partner.

In today's deal, do you agree with North's one-heart opening? Given that you have bid one heart and partner has responded two diamonds, natural and game-forcing, after West sneaks in a two- spade overcall, what should you do next?

West's two-spade intervention was debatable, given that he knew the opponents had his side heavily outgunned, but it worked well here, because East raised to four spades.

Many experts sitting North would have opened two hearts, planning, come what may, to rebid in diamonds to show the 6-5 with limited point-count. …

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