Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seeing the Solution Takes Foresight

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seeing the Solution Takes Foresight

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Ed Koch, a former mayor of New York City, once said, "In action, be primitive; in foresight, a strategist."

A good strategist surely has foresight, especially when he is a top bridge player.

Today's deal is based on one from last year's European Open Championships in Tromso, Norway. South is in six spades. What is the percentage play for only one trump loser? How should declarer plan the play after West leads the diamond jack?

The correct play in the trump suit is low to the queen on the first round. Then, if the finesse loses, you will need the jack to drop under the ace.

The declarer from Finland did exactly that and made the contract because East actually had king-doubleton. After the queen held, he cashed the spade ace, unblocked the heart ace, played another trump, and claimed. …

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