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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, February 15th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoFebruary 29th, 2020 at 2:49 pm

Hi Dear Mr. Wolff
Perhaps this can be set a doubledummy problem of elementary level. Bridge is a veritably wonderful game. Another interesting point is is if west’s club nine happens to be a singleton, South has even alternate play as he takes hearts finesse, cashes top hearts discarding diamond from dummy and leads Diamond A and diamond back without bothering who wins But then the Magic of ” striptease coup ” would not manifest

bobbywolffFebruary 29th, 2020 at 3:37 pm


Yes, of course, since bridge sometimes needs all the help we can give it to maintain its former popularity, it is perhaps necessary to enlist the magic of “Striptease coup”.

However since it appears to be no way to figure out exactly how many clubs West started with. it is no doubt much better to not brazenly play him for a singleton.

The lesson to be learned, at least IMO, is simply, while defending a slam, especially against a competent + declarer, is not to give him a roadmap for him to show off his skills.

IOW, if ever there is a time to falsecard, it likely is on opening lead vs. a slam (small or grand) since a good defensive partner will usually be able to read the declarer’s hand very well by the expedient of how the declarer goes about playing it, always keeping in mind the exact bidding, together with his play up to “crunch time”.

As a specific example, if West decides on a club lead, try the 3 rather than the 9. It well can make a world of difference in the result. For those who want to always make it as easy as possible for pard, when on opening lead, be prepared to understand that one’s result is far more important than easy sledding, not to mention. partner’s use of his bridge brain may get better real fast, while, at the same time, learning how to win.

Always thanks for your intelligent comments!