Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Another Deal with Two Faces

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Another Deal with Two Faces

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Last week, we had a deal with two faces; the result rested on West's decision as dealer -- to open or not to open. Here is another, today for declarer and tomorrow for a defender.

South is in four hearts. West leads the spade king. East overtakes with the ace and returns the suit. West takes that trick, cashes the club ace, and plays another club. How should South continue?

After West's one-spade opening bid was passed around to South, he might have jumped to three hearts. In this balancing position, it would have been an intermediate jump overcall (not weak), showing at least a six-card suit and some 15-17 points. But it would typically have indicated a stronger suit than this one.

North's three-heart raise was no thing of beauty, with a 10- loser hand, but with four-card heart support, it was hard to pass. …

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