Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

How Long to Make This Game Contract?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

How Long to Make This Game Contract?

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Hesiod, a Greek poet who died around 650 B.C., said, "Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor."

Hear, hear! That has been our theme this week. To end, a deal that requires impeccable timing for declarer to make his contract.

South is in four spades. West leads the heart king. What should declarer do?

North's two-spade raise is no thing of beauty, but with three trumps, an ace and a doubleton, it is the right response. (Note that if you employ two-over-one and a forcing one-no-trump response, when having three-card major-suit support, you should go via one no- trump only with an even weaker hand than this and typically 4-3-3-3 distribution.) South, because his hand is balanced, is thin for a jump to game, but it pays to be aggressive, especially when vulnerable. …

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