Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Would You Think of the Helpful Play?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Would You Think of the Helpful Play?

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Sir William Osler, a Canadian physician and cofounder of Johns Hopkins Hospital, said, "Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows."

That is fine if what you need now did happen in your past, so you can draw on that experience. A tougher problem to solve occurs when you have never faced it before. At the bridge table, these situations usually separate experts from less good players.

If you would like to experience something out of the ordinary, look only at the West and North hands. West leads the club queen against four spades. When East encourages with the nine, West continues with his second club. East takes that trick with his king and cashes the club ace, South following with the jack. How should West plan the defense? …

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