Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Trust Partner and Take Care Yourself

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Trust Partner and Take Care Yourself

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Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman orator and statesman who died in 43 B.C., said, "Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself."

At the bridge table, you need confidence not only in partner's bids and plays, but also in your own ability.

Let's test both in today's deal. South is in four spades. West leads the heart eight: two, queen, jack. How should East continue the defense?

I agree with South's four-spade overcall. A slam is most unlikely after an opponent opens the bidding, especially looking at those two heart losers. Make life as tough as possible for the opponents.

Here, though, if South had settled for one spade, North would have shown game-invitational values with spade support, and South would have raised to game. …

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