Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rules Are Meant to Be Taken Flexibly

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rules Are Meant to Be Taken Flexibly

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Margaret Drabble, an English novelist, biographer and critic, asked, "Why can't people be both flexible and efficient?"

At the bridge table, if your mind is flexible, you will usually play efficiently. In particular, there are many guidelines like "third hand high" and "cover an honor with an honor." But you must be flexible in your thinking, not just follow those adages as if they are etched in stone, because they are not.

In today's deal, for example, how should East defend against six hearts? West leads the spade 10.

North's three-diamond response promised at least eight points and five or more diamonds. Then, when North raised hearts, South used regular Blackwood before bidding the slam.

When this deal was originally played, South took the first trick in his hand, played a diamond to dummy's ace and called for a sneaky heart five. …

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