Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

There Is Often a Price to Pay

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

There Is Often a Price to Pay

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Bill Tammeus, in Toronto's National Newspaper in 1991, wrote, "Oil prices have fallen lately. We include this news for the benefit of gas stations, which otherwise wouldn't learn of it for six months."

At the bridge table, bidding conventions are devised to try to facilitate reaching the best final contract. However, they all come with a price.

Look at today's deal. If the auction had gone one no-trump - three no-trump, West would have led the spade queen, and South would have taken 12 tricks. But transfer bids are recommended, even though they give the opponents more options. They can intervene immediately; or pass first, then bid on the next round; or fourth hand can make a lead-directing double, as in today's deal.

After East doubles two diamonds, North-South are in trouble. …

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