Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

If Declarer Thinks, So Should Defenders

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

If Declarer Thinks, So Should Defenders

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Mahatma Gandhi said, "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

For a bridge player, happiness is when what you think, what you bid, and what you play are in harmony.

Average players know the "rules" and follow them without asking themselves if that particular deal is an exception.

In today's layout, many players sitting West would misdefend because they would play first and think second -- and kick themselves third!

South is in four spades after the given Stayman auction. West leads the club ace.

What should happen after that?

Note the bidding. Yes, North, with so many quacks, might have raised one no-trump to three no-trump.

But here that contract can be defeated if West guesses to lead the club ace and continue the suit from the top. …

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