Editorial by Marti Ronemus
So, it’s time to find a new partner, and you’re thinking about the qualities you’re looking for. The first need is a sense of humor and proportion, right? And then you’ve got “creativity” as your second requirement? Maybe we should re-think that. Here are the qualities that make up the creative personality:
*Imaginative, playful, slide between fact and fiction.
*Originality, rebellious attitude.
*Motivated, ambitious, flexible.
So far, so good, right? Read on:
*Low emotional stability, obstinate, fault-finding, and not team players.
So let’s stick with the sense of humor and proportion, but add glimpses of creativity.
And we’re going to see lots of those flashes of creativity in our hands this issue, BUT!! Be aware that these authors are amongst the nicest people you’ll ever come across at the bridge table. Exceptions prove the rule.
Let’s start with Matthias Huberschwiller, whose creativity cannot be denied. Here’s what he’s got for us. His central theme is “Handling Suit Combinations.” Hands include: **Knowing suit splits for advantages. ** Not despairing just because you’ve got a preponderance of tiny cards in a suit. **Recognizing “working” honors. **Choosing the right finesse. **Why being greedy can be fatal.
Matthias also has two quizzes, one on fits by opener and the other on bidding a hand. Great practice.
Ben Norton’s contributions are going to prove most useful also, since they focus on finesses. It has been said that finesses are for peasants and children, mostly because they are so misused and improperly applied. After Ben’s hands, we’ll be better equipped to use them properly. He shows how the context of the scenario should guide us, rather than just “probability.” He also features: **Which finesse to choose. **Should we go for the finesse or the drop. **How to avoid the finesse by getting count. **How to identify the “safe” finesse, and finally **Which way to finesse.
Finally, I’ve got six hands for you centered on applying creativity by visualization. I want you to avoid traps, visualize before touching a card and stay safe.
So there you have it. Another wonderful issue on one of our favorite topics of all, slams.
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