Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Three Tricks Are Too Few, Four Is Perfect at the Table

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Three Tricks Are Too Few, Four Is Perfect at the Table

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Louis Sachar, an author of children's books, said, "I write in the mornings, two or three hours every day, and then at least four times a week I play in a duplicate game at a bridge club. I try to go to tournaments three, four, or five times a year."

It is always great to hear about someone who thinks bridge is good for his or her career.

In today's deal, though, the winning defense isn't child's play. South is in four hearts. West leads the spade two, and East takes dummy's king with his ace. How should East plan the defense from there?

When North jumped to three clubs, South could have rebid a game- forcing three hearts, guaranteeing at least a six-card suit, but he knew that a slam was impossible, his hearts were self-sufficient, and his club ace suggested that three no-trump would not be best. …

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