Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

An Auction Echo Can Be Reinforcing

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

An Auction Echo Can Be Reinforcing

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Gene Luen Yang, a writer who used to teach high school computer science, said, "In my classroom, I would start my lessons with a quick review of an old topic. Then, I would introduce a new topic. Finally, I would give my students a problem to solve on their own, one that would reinforce what I'd just taught."

That is an excellent pedagogic method employed in this column -- I think! How would you critique the auction? (If you use two-over- one game-forcing, how would you bid?)

After South responded two diamonds (the higher-ranking of two five-card suits first), North should have rebid a forcing two hearts, not jumped to three hearts. South's two-over-one response guaranteed a second bid (unless North leapt to game and South thought a slam was impossible). Then South sensibly rebid three no- trump. …

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