Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lower Cards Can Act like Honors

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lower Cards Can Act like Honors

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Laura Fraser from Scotland said, "I've always been an actor, a lowly actor without power, so I've never been corrupted. I've never even directed."

This week, we have been studying "cover an honor with an honor." We have witnessed lowly cards win tricks by becoming high; and we have seen that this rule is not etched in stone -- covering an honor with an honor can be a mistake. However, there is also the other end of the spectrum, as highlighted by this deal.

South is in two hearts for the third time this week. West leads his club three. East takes the trick with the ace and shifts to the spade 10, wondering if declarer might have the king and his partner the queen -- but risking declarer's having a singleton king. Here, though, West takes the trick with his king, cashes the club king, and returns the spade seven (the higher of two remaining cards). …

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