Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Better Than Hope, Get Your Partner to Give You a Hand

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Better Than Hope, Get Your Partner to Give You a Hand

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The Senior Life Master started his class with the observation that actress Tallulah Bankhead had advised someone, "If you really want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, dahling. Be an audience."

If you really want to help American bridge (the SLM continued), don't be an audience. Be a teacher and a player.

Look at the first declarer-play problem on my handout. How would you coach South to play in five diamonds after West leads a low heart, and East covers dummy's card?

While giving them some time to decide, the SLM said that it was a good bidding sequence. North liked his minor-suit cards, but his heart king seemed useless, so he wisely passed out five diamonds. Yes, five hearts doubled would have cost only 200 if East guessed the trump position, but sacrificing at unfavorable vulnerability is dangerous. …

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