Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bridge

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bridge

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Alexis Carrel, a French surgeon and biologist who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1912, said, "All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know."

Inter alia, that applies to bridge players. There are days when the top players are "in the zone," just knowing where all of the cards lie. But they still analyze -- draw deductions from what has happened. In this deal, the original South, who thought he was an expert, lost two club tricks after reaching an incorrect conclusion.

In six spades, South started with 11 top tricks: five spades, five hearts and one diamond. He was faced with guessing the club suit for the 12th winner.

He won the heart lead with dummy's queen, drew trumps in three rounds, and ran the hearts, discarding three clubs from the dummy. …

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