Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Good Defense May Make Declarer Guess

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Good Defense May Make Declarer Guess

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Robert Benchley, a humorous newspaper columnist and actor who died in 1945, said, "I can't bring myself to say, 'Well, I guess I'll be toddling along.' ... It isn't that I can't toddle. It's that I can't guess I'll toddle."

As we toddle through a bridge deal, we sometimes have to guess what to do. In today's deal, how should the play proceed in four spades after West guesses very well to lead the diamond king?

South rebid only two spades because he knew he would get another turn (partner's two-over-one response guaranteed a second bid) and he had a minimum in high-card terms. Then, when North showed game- invitational values with at least six hearts, South took a shot at four spades.

Leading king from king-doubleton was dangerous, but it worked beautifully here. …

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