Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Play Provides Extra Information

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Play Provides Extra Information

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Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist who died in 1978, said, "I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world."

At the bridge table, describing your hand to partner should help your side to reach the best contract. However, it also gives information to the opponents. In addition, as we have seen this week, the bids, passes and cards played by the defenders can be revealing to the declarer.

In this final example, South is in four spades. West cashes the heart ace and heart king, then shifts to a diamond. How should South continue?

After three passes and South's one-spade opening bid, if West makes a takeout double, North might jump to four spades, quoting the Law of Total Tricks.

However, with no singleton and so many losers, that would be an overbid. …

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