Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

That Rule Is for Defenders

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

That Rule Is for Defenders

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Alfred Nobel, he of the prize and dynamite, said, "Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age."

As you are aware, bridge is full of adages that are aimed at defenders. But some less experienced players think that they also apply to declarer -- humbug. That belief cost a game contract in this deal. South was in three no-trump. After West led a fourth- highest club two, what should have happened?

North was right to open one heart, not one no-trump. Strain to show a five-card major. Here, North had no spade stopper, no tenaces and a comfortable rebid. South's two-no-trump rebid invited game, showing a decent 10 to 12 points and something in the unbid club suit. North had an easy raise.

The original South immediately remembered "second hand low," so he played dummy's club four and took the trick with his eight -- more humbug, since the contract could no longer be made. …

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