Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Is It on a Finesse, or Is There Better?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Is It on a Finesse, or Is There Better?

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Samuel Goldwyn said, "I'll take 50 percent efficiency to get 100 percent loyalty."

A finesse has 50 percent efficiency, at least in theory, but it is always better to have a 100 percent line available.

Today's contract is not that good. Did declarer have to rely on a finesse?

South pushed himself into seven spades. After West led the heart queen, what did declarer do?

I agree with North's three-club response, which immediately hinted at a slam. When North raised to four spades, South might have started to control-bid, but opted for two doses of Blackwood. His last bid was a gamble because if North had the club ace and king, South could have had an unavoidable diamond loser. Still, he anticipated that the grand slam would be at worst on a finesse, which made it a reasonable bet. …

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