Aces on Bridge — Daily Columns

The Aces on Bridge: Friday, June 19th, 2020


Iain ClimieJuly 3rd, 2020 at 9:45 am

HI Bobby,

I think declarer missed a trick although West defended superbly. The lead looks like SA108, West surely has 3 or 4 hearts and East hasn’t competed in clubs so West has 2 or 3 diamonds only.. A diamond to the Ace then one back looks like a better shot at T2.

Easy when you’re not at the table and with defenders of that class West might have DJ10 alone and East would duck the second diamond although South should do the same. Now S Ax follows but South just leads DQ running round to the K and ditching a club from table. He loses 2D, 2H after the defence lock him on table and 1S but scrambles home.



jim2July 3rd, 2020 at 10:51 am

Simon Cope would have had a top at the 2015 Mud Cup where this hand was first played.

The field there was in 3C or 4C, all making for -130 for all N-S pairs.

On BWTA, I guess no one outside of the Slobbovias plays Jump Overcall Flannery any more ….

A V Ramana RaoJuly 3rd, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps South should have played diamonds instead of hearts at second trick. There is a chance of K doubleton ( which indeed is : J is irrelevant) or the suit may break three three providing ample chances

bobbywolffJuly 3rd, 2020 at 5:49 pm

Hi Iain, Jim2, & AVRR,

While all three of you presented ultra interesting observations, the overall result, as it does often, belied the play.

Michael Klukowski;s double duck (meaning twice) in hearts, both being sensational, especially the second, was one to which I had not, at least to my memory ever seen before.

To that, Simon Cope, South and the declarer seemed to go wrong in both red suits, by, as both Iain and AVRR point out, in not starting the diamond suit first (although likely debatable).

However, although all those unfortunate guesses by declarer (none without reason) did not stop him from having his -50 score quite well, since Justin Zmuda, East did not slide her club competition into the mix over her RHO’s spade raise, even at the three level, into the bidding, since her 2-2-4-5 distribution could (should) have suggested bidding ’em high and succeed by either scoring it up, or pushing the opponents out of their safety zone (either option, as narrated by Jim2, on its way to winning).

Finally Jim2’s suggestion of using Slobbovian Jump Overcall Flannery (with the BWTA) is a powerful commercial for a convention often played in many sanitariums for the mind abused victims of our otherwise worthwhile game.

Lee McGovernJuly 3rd, 2020 at 7:09 pm

How often are you playing these days? Are you attending a local club or mostly on BBO?

Bobby WolffJuly 4th, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Neither, I am not playing, nor have played a session of tournament bridge since early March.

Yes, of course, I miss it, but like most everyone else, I’m catering to protecting myself and my family during this Pandemic.