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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, March 26th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoApril 9th, 2020 at 11:22 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Had south bid Grand slam in clubs, perhaps he would have found the winning line on the presumed diamond lead , ( and of course would have gone down on a trump lead) . Nice hand illustrating the usefulness of importance of high trumps though short length in dummy

A V Ramana RaoApril 9th, 2020 at 11:33 am

Sorry ,but south makes the grand only if he divines the location of heart K.

bobbywolffApril 9th, 2020 at 4:46 pm


First, thanks for responding and thus contributing your superior analysis for everyone’s benefit.

This hand becomes the latest evidence of the wide range of an excellent declarer’s ability to pick and choose the play, even with only a combined seven trumps and, of course, at the slam level.

Adding to that experience, becomes the fundamental reason for that same imaginative and, of course adept declarer to visualize how he will likely play a high contract, even a slam, with relatively short trumps (often fewer than eight).

Finally, the execution of such a contract often needs to be a pinpoint (every trick likely or almost) study with both entries and perfect timing the necessity plus, of course, the minimum of bad breaks clearly defined in order to be successful.

Again a giant thank you for diving in and allowing readers to take shortcuts in order to appreciate the full experience of scoring up the required number of tricks and in the necessary order of play.