Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Is It Right to Take the Tempting Finesse?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Is It Right to Take the Tempting Finesse?

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Lady Dorothy Nevill, an English writer, hostess and horticulturist who died in 1913, said, "The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."

The real art of declarer play is not only to make the right play at the right trick, but to leave unplayed the wrong card at the tempting moment.

How is that relevant to this deal? South is in four hearts. West leads the spade jack. What should declarer do?

South was tempted to open two no-trump, despite his six-card major. Also, he nearly raised North's one-no-trump response to three no-trump, both of which would have worked well here. But eventually he opted for game in his long suit.

Declarer has five possible losers: two spades, one heart, one diamond and one club. …

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