Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Which Suit Should Partner Lead to You?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Which Suit Should Partner Lead to You?

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Ann Richards, the 45th Governor of Texas, who died in 2006, said, "I have very strong feelings about how you lead your life. You always look ahead, you never look back."

At the bridge table, the previous tricks cannot be changed, but they influence tricks still to come. In this deal, for example, South is in four spades. West leads the heart ace. What happens after that?

South has a textbook three-spade opening, showing a good seven- card suit and 5-10 high-card points. North's raise is thin, but it is worth gambling for a vulnerable game.

At trick one, East must play the heart nine, starting a high-low (echo) with his doubleton. West cashes the heart queen and continues with the heart king. What should East discard?

Assuming the third heart is standing up, South's hand presumably has one of these distributions: 7-3-2-1, 7-3-1-2, 7-3-3-0 or 7-3-0- 3. …

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