Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Partner's Signal Places the Cards

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Partner's Signal Places the Cards

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Alfred North Whitehead, an English mathematician who was the founder of process philosophy, said, "In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat; but in the evolution of real knowledge, it marks the first step in progress toward a victory."

We are looking at deals in which one defender uses the knowledge of high-card points to progress toward victory, the defeat of the contract. Sometimes, though, a defender has to rely on his partner's signal to dot the i's and cross the t's.

How does that apply in today's deal? South is in three no-trump. West leads the spade queen: two, three, king. Declarer plays on clubs. How should West plan the defense after winning with his ace?

When South responds one no-trump, denying a four-card or longer major, North is a tad nervous about raising to three no-trump, but what else can he do? …

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