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Bridge
There is no need
to be so active

to play clubs for only one los-

James Humes, a former
presidential
speechwriter,
said, “One secret of leadership is that the mind of a
leader never turns off. Leaders, even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active,
not passive observers.”
Some bridge players try to
be leaders all the time, taking control even when they
shouldn’t -- as happened in
today’s deal.
Played at Bridge Base Online, South had a borderline
opening bid with such a weak
suit. Even if partner responded with two diamonds (twoover-one
game-forcing),
South had an unappealing
rebid.
Here, North responded
two hearts. Then several
Souths rebid two spades,
which was awful! Why not
two no-trump?
Over three clubs, South
liked his four-card support,
but the rest of his hand stank.
Understandably, he continued
with three no-trump. Then
North pondered for a while,
but finally passed.
After West led the diamond jack, South saw six top
tricks: four hearts and two
diamonds. He could hope
for a fifth heart winner, but it
looked as though he needed

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er. So, after winning with his
diamond queen, declarer led a
club to the queen.
If East had just won that
trick and passively returned
a diamond, South would have
had to guess clubs. However,
wishing to plow his own furrow, East shifted to a spade!
West won that trick and reverted to diamonds, but now
South had nine winners: one
spade, five hearts, two diamonds and one club.
Playing second fiddle is
often best.

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