Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

If You Count, You Will Succeed

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

If You Count, You Will Succeed

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There was a sizable entry to my latest Christmas Competition. In four hearts, many ducked the first trick, hoping West would not find the club shift. In the real world, that might work, but not in a competition. Only two had the play problem correct: Bob Owens of Slidell, La., and Paul Simonsen of Vallejo, Calif. But Simonsen did better on the subsidiary questions to win the first prize of one month's subscription to www.bridgeforeveryone.com. Owens gets two weeks.

This deal from Steve Conrad of Manhasset, N.Y., is a good defensive lesson.

In a pair event, North-South pushed into four spades. Given the vulnerability, East should have doubled, hoping to go plus 200 and beat everyone making 130 in diamonds.

West led the diamond ace and continued with the diamond king. …

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