Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Discipline Can Pay Good Dividends

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Discipline Can Pay Good Dividends

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Brian Adams, a self-help author, wrote, "Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal."

Discipline can pay good dividends at the bridge table, but crazy calls work occasionally too, especially when the opponents are goaded into undisciplined bids.

In today's deal, what do you think of the auction, given that North's three-diamond response was pre-emptive? (With a limit raise in diamonds, he would have bid two no-trump. With a normal two-no- trump response, he would have started with redouble, showing 10 high- card points or more.)

Let's take each call in turn. One diamond was impeccable. But the double does not appeal to me. I prefer to bid five-card majors. However, I agree that if East had had four spades and short hearts, double could have worked well. …

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