Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Keep in Touch with Your Partner

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Keep in Touch with Your Partner

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Malcolm Gladwell, in his book with the interesting title of "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking," wrote, "The face is not a secondary billboard for our internal feelings. It is an equal partner in the emotional process."

Bridge experts think a lot. They count points, winners, losers and, occasionally, hand distributions. Look at the East and North hands in today's diagram. South is in four spades. West leads the club queen. How should East plan the defense?

South opened with a weak two-bid, showing a respectable six-card suit and 5-10 high-card points.

From where will four defensive tricks come? It should be clear to East that the trump suit is barren ground. West is likely to hold both red-suit aces (and if he has only one of them, the defense surely has no chance). …

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