Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Two Good Plays and One Happy Side to Win This Deal

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Two Good Plays and One Happy Side to Win This Deal

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Artemus Ward, a 19th-century humorist, said, "Let us all be happy, and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with."

Bridge players are happy with plus scores, even if occasionally they have to "borrow" tricks from opponents' mistakes. In today's deal, though, both East and South have chances to make good plays. What are they? South is in four spades, and West leads his fourth- highest heart. Also, what was West's more effective lead?

The North hand has eight losers (three spades, two hearts, two diamonds and one club), perfect for a game-invitational raise. But change the spade jack to the spade queen, and that lowers the loser count to seven and -- just -- makes the hand worth a forcing raise.

South has 10 winners: six spades, one heart and three clubs. …

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