Aces on Bridge — Daily Columns

The Aces on Bridge: Friday, February 14th, 2020


bobbywolffFebruary 28th, 2020 at 1:12 pm

Hi Everyone,

Yes, the above is true, that is, except if South, Jim2, was at the helm as declarer, with the only defensive exception, East returning the jack of clubs instead of the queen. Our hero, seeing through that falsecard would then and living up to his spectacular talent, ducked that club, catering to the column’s suggestion, only to find the black suits distributed in clubs, Q97 with West, AJ doubleton with East and spades (trump) West with J1097 and East with the lowly singleton 4.

Down one as West saw fit to overtake with the queen and lead back his last one.

TOCM TM strikes again, leaving our victim to explain to his teammates, his down 1 result.

They, of course, then claimed to understand his dilemma and agreed to his almost always deft judgment, but a mere glance at Jim2’s bloody nose, ever so slightly, might suggest otherwise.

Iain ClimieFebruary 28th, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Hi Bobby,

Even if East has AQ alone, ducking the second club doesn’t cost although West’s lead would then be curious to say the least – the 7 from J97 round to a 2N opening bid. Even if West has pulled the wrong card from 97 doubleton, the likely loss is only an overtrick (although not so clever at BAM where you have 3 team mates to explain losing the board to – unlucky!).

East must have been pleased to see the lead especially as doubling 3C might have been an option. Then South redoubles of course and N/S are not overly tested to make 10 tricks. Loose lips and sunken ships again! Doubling Stayman after 1N 2C on that East hand is unlikely to end in disaster, especially if the NT is weak. Complacency about the 20+ points on your left is a little less sensible.



bobbywolffFebruary 28th, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Hi Iain,

No doubt, East’s double of 3 clubs enters the twilight zone of what could be called “winning bridge”. Risks such as that, IMO, vitally depending on your specific competition and who is sitting South, to often make a difference.

Many might think that by doing so, it becomes a calculated risk to basically insure (at least on paper) that one’s OX (hoped for lovable symbol for one’s partner) getting off to what might be thought, as surely the right start for the defense, is worth the risk of a redouble, chiefly since the hand behind you will be unaware that you have done so while holding only four.

In any event, as they might say at a rifle range, the flag is up and waving, and at that moment in time, you East, may be in control of that hand’s destiny.

However and in regard to the above with Jim2, his East too, while holding only the AJ doubleton may also have doubled 3 clubs (perhaps suicidal) but who can say for sure?

However TOCM, like the current world medical emergency, is unpredictable, causing anxiety around the globe.

But the theory of having to give to get sometimes makes a hero out of a commoner, in this case, an extremely precarious hope.

jim2February 28th, 2020 at 3:51 pm


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