Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The No-Trump Rule That Usually Works

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The No-Trump Rule That Usually Works

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Jean Kerr, a humorist, author and playwright, said, "I think success has no rules, but you can learn a great deal from failure."

In bridge, there are some rules that will lead to success -- or, in contrast, if they are ignored, you will learn from your failure. But the game remains popular because there are so many deals on which one can calculate that the usual rule does not work.

What is the key rule for South in today's deal? He is in three no- trump, and West leads the spade six. (As a side issue, looking at all 52 cards, how must declarer play if West leads the heart jack?)

If South had bid two no-trump over his partner's takeout double, it would have shown some 10 or 11 points. North, playing partner for six or seven points, cue-bid three spades, asking South to bid three no-trump with spades stopped. …

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