Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

To Avoid a Guess, Make Them Tell You

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

To Avoid a Guess, Make Them Tell You

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My favorite author, P.G. Wodehouse, wrote, "The Right Hon. was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say 'When!'"

No doubt you have occasionally seen your partner's attention wander during a deal and forget a key piece of information, forcing him to guess how to proceed -- but never you! At other times, though, you or your partner will have to guess.

In today's deal, how should South play in six spades after West leads the club queen? Taking the diamond suit in isolation, if you have to play it with no idea who holds the queen, what would you do?

When North responded with a three-heart transfer bid, South made a superaccept by jumping to four spades. This showed four- or five- card support, a good hand for spades and a doubleton somewhere. …

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