Bridge by Frank Stewart
All are vital. One can become proficient by reading; bridge is less intuitive than, say, chess. But good bridge players have "card sense," which is as real as a sense of humor or a sense of proportion that fosters artistic talent.
This week's deals featured blocking and unblocking plays that require manipulating an array of cards in two hands. Such plays can be learned, but the winning play today would be easier for someone with inborn talent.
Against six hearts, West leads the ten of clubs: jack, queen, ruff. South cashes the ace of trumps - and has a problem when West discards. Say South unblocks dummy's ten and picks up East's trumps; South then has one trump left. He takes the top diamonds, but East discards. South can then cash the king of spades, ruff a club, and take the ace of spades, but he loses the last two tricks to the jack of diamonds and ace of clubs.
Would you visualize the winning play?