Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

With Two Plays, Consider Them Both

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

With Two Plays, Consider Them Both

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John Dewey, an education reformer, philosopher and psychologist, said, "The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action."

A bridge deal is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of calls and plays. In this deal, South receives the diamond-nine opening lead against his contract of four spades. Given that trumps are not 4-0, how should the play proceed?

In the auction, North was right to jump-raise to three spades. He may either ignore his diamond jack (although it is a key card here) and count one point for each doubleton, or count the jack and one point for the doubleton heart, giving him 15 support points. Also, the hand has six losers (two hearts, two diamonds and two clubs), one fewer than a minimum opening. …

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