Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Proof of the Line Is on the Scoresheet, Not in Pudding

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Proof of the Line Is on the Scoresheet, Not in Pudding

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We have all heard the cliche, that the proof is in the pudding, or that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The first reference I could find was by Miguel de Cervantes, the author of "Don Quixote" who died in 1616. He said, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating. By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece."

At the bridge table, sometimes a theoretically inferior line works while the mathematically best approach fails. This is one reason bridge retains its popularity; everyone has a chance, at least in the short run.

In today's deal, what do you think of the auction? Against six hearts, West leads the diamond ace. What happens after that?

In the auction, the first three calls were fine. Then South wanted to bid four no-trump as Blackwood, but afraid of a misunderstanding, he jumped to six hearts, when choosing six no- trump would have been more sensible. …

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