Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dancing for Tricks Slowly or Quickly

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dancing for Tricks Slowly or Quickly

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George Bernard Shaw said, "If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."

Yesterday, I compared the two styles of bridge defense -- active and passive -- with dance. If you round up a posse and hunt for tricks, it is like dancing a fandango. But if you sit at home watching the television and waiting for declarer to knock on your front door and donate you tricks, that is akin to dancing a fox trot.

How do the defenders decide which steps to take?

First, they listen to the bidding. If it sounds like the opponents are full value for their calls, be active; if they crawl to their contract, stay passive. Then, study the dummy. If it is balanced, the defenders can probably be cautious. But if it is unbalanced, especially with a good side suit, they should immediately chase tricks. …

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