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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, April 9th, 2020


bobbywolffApril 23rd, 2020 at 6:14 pm

Hi Everyone,

For those who prefer, what they think, are established 100% bridge rules such as letting the opening heart lead slide into declarer’s 10, instead of first considering and then correctly rising with the queen in dummy, in order to make maximum use of what NS have been dealt (after considering the bidding, specific holding and relatively easy predicted later play), all help prove the numerical thinking required in order, to endeavor, to rise in rank in the pecking order of players.

Nothing much to do except to go a step further than just to realize that, while playing against a normal 4th best leader, to go an extra step before committing, especially to the wrong play.

Time to mention how important it becomes for all declarers, to adopt a plan before playing from dummy (first step taken) at trick one.

Does it happen often? NO, but when it does and we fail the test, it is indeed sad for two reasons, 1. our impatience, and (more importantly), 2. we have lost an opportunity to experience the magnificence of the game we love to play.

Iain ClimieApril 23rd, 2020 at 7:50 pm

HI Bobby,

There are further matters to consider if the club honours are split e.g. if East has CAxx or Kxx (or a doubleton). If the HQ wins T1 East has to be bold enough to jump in with the honour if declarer plays a small club of table at T2. Not too hard with Ax or even Axx but what if you’ve got the K? Should South lead CQ or cx at T2 for best effect? Presumably the Q as with Ax only he may decide not to block the suit.



bobbywolffApril 23rd, 2020 at 9:29 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, right on, except having the king of clubs with East would mean that West opened a 12 count, certainly not unlikely, but if so, both stray jacks would also then be with West. No doubt, with the current opening bid requirements sinking every day to new lows, perhaps the East hand as is, will soon make it worth opening instead of that underused word, Pass!

However, with either case it seems automatic that the queen of hearts is the right play from dummy, at trick one, by declarer