Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

When Is a Trick Not a Trick?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

When Is a Trick Not a Trick?

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You surely know the answer to the riddle, "When is a door not a door?"

In bridge, when is a trick not a trick?

Well, I suppose a trick is always a trick, but sometimes the time when a trick is taken can be critical -- as in this deal. South is in four spades. After West leads the heart ace, what should happen?

West's two-heart overcall was thin, but potentially told partner what to lead and possibly made life difficult for the responder if he lacked spade support. North made a modern cue-bid raise to show at least game-invitational values with three or more spades. (If you do not use this gadget, North would respond three spades.)

At trick one, East plays the heart two under his partner's ace. If this is a singleton, West should continue the suit, but that is improbable. …

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