Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

It Is Easier with All 52 Cards

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

It Is Easier with All 52 Cards

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Margaret Atwood said, "The Eskimo has 52 names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love." Probably 52 is an overbid, but bridge -- with 52 cards -- did try to get into the Winter Olympics because the Summer Games were full. However, to qualify for the Winter Games, an activity must take place on ice or snow -- which was hard for bridge to claim.

In today's deal, how does South avoid sliding to defeat in seven spades after West leads a low diamond?

The bidding is always easier when you can see all 52 cards. But after North rebid five spades over five diamonds, South thought the grand slam had to have play.

There seem to be 13 tricks: six spades, three hearts and four clubs. The only danger is a bad club break. If West has J-10- fourth, his holding can be nullified by finessing twice. …

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