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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, June 22nd, 2020


Iain ClimieJuly 6th, 2020 at 2:03 pm

HI Bobby,

My only concern here is that West might be 4261, 5251 or even 5161 and be ruffing without a natural trump trick. The DK lead plus West’s silence rather knocks that on the head though while 2-3 trumps are still manageable.

On LWTA, it is interesting to estimate what RHO might hold – SAQx or similar is probably part of it.



Bobby WolffJuly 6th, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, thanks for discussing possible troubling defensive distributions (once the queen of clubs appears from West). No doubt the types of thoughts which would flow through a good declarer’s mind on his way to his decision to continue the king of clubs.

Also, with LWTA, it now transfers those type of thoughts to a keen opening leader, when he realizes (since East, the declarer, very likely did not hold a fitting high honor in his partner’s long and strong suit, instead he probably holds solid clubs, but if not good enough, will be lucky enough to have the king of diamonds located the same as room service to his bridge hopes for slam, by being unfortunately for the defense, held by West.

Presto, magico, it then should look to West to be imaginative enough to counter that declarer luck with equal thought as to where, if any, chance (but do not be anywhere confident), that lightening will strike and that somewhat meager defensive hope, becomes joyfully triumphant.

In any event, it may be fun (but if not, only tragic).

However, if so, for whomever triumpted), Clint Eastwood’s (American actor) famous remark (close), many years ago, would shine, “Please make my day”!