Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

A Bad Trump Split Continues to Haunt

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

A Bad Trump Split Continues to Haunt

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William Shakespeare wrote in King Henry VI, Part III, "Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer."

A declarer who goes down in a makable contract will be haunted with a guilty mind, in particular regretting that he let down his partner. In the future, he maybe doth fear each trump suit will break badly -- as they have over the last couple of days.

In this example, how should South try to end the deal in a happy frame of mind? He is in four hearts, and West leads the spade king.

South starts by counting the losers in his hand. Here, he has one spade, two diamonds, one club and zero, one or two hearts. Next, he checks winners. He should see one spade, three hearts, one diamond, two clubs and one club ruff in the dummy -- eight. …

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