Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Unusual Play or Bid Is Always a Hard One to Spot

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Unusual Play or Bid Is Always a Hard One to Spot

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Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The foolish man wonders at the unusual, but the wise man at the usual."

Not at the bridge table! There, the wise man wonders about the usual and the unusual. It is true that most deals fit the usual pattern, but every now and then, one comes along that requires an unusual bid or play. That is when we separate the good players from the less imaginative.

How is that applicable to this deal? South is in three no-trump, and West leads the heart queen.

Today's South hand, with its 17 points, good five-card suit, two aces and two kings, is too strong for a 15-17 no-trump.

In three no-trump, South has seven top tricks: two spades, two hearts, one diamond and two clubs. Obviously he plans to get the other two winners (at least) from his diamond suit. …

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