What makes a good player great? Much of the time, we think that being able to calculate the highest percentage action for declaring or defense is the answer - or, perhaps having super bidding skills. And, no doubt, these are all critically important abilities to winning.
Nevertheless, another skill that is key too often is overlooked: making life a bit easier for partner.
Too often, we forget that we are on the same side as partner! After the fact, we may argue about how partner should have known what was going on....
In reality, however, with more reflection we realize that we didn't do all that we could to help partner to go right.
This week, John Koch demonstrates not only how to figure out a hand, but how to help partner figure it out, too!
And, for those who do not know, John and his partner, Tony Ames, won the national title in this tough field! With the skills and thoughtfulness that John and Tony have - we are not surprised.