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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, April 13th, 2020


Iain ClimieApril 27th, 2020 at 4:53 pm

HI Bobby,

East takes T1 with HA and plays a small club to the AQJ. South finesses spades but West wins and plays another heart. South wins in hand, cashes DA but assumes he can take the C finesse for an overtrick after drawing trumps He shouldn’t but give Em rope as they say



bobbywolffApril 27th, 2020 at 6:23 pm

Hi Iain,

We’ve all heard and most agree that one peek is worth two finesses.

In your case once you pulled off your above heist, (perhaps rape is a better description) NS were, in the future, seen waiting before the game until you were sold an EW entry to then also ask to sit EW.

Perhaps they were only being superstious about their seating preference, but a not so few onlookers seemed to think differently.

Lucky for you that you finally found that king of clubs before you revoked.

What would they in boxing, call that low club back from you at trick two, a feint?, a set-up?, a follow-up?, or perhaps, what it was, a KO!

And BTW in that next tournament, also please give my partner and me, an EW also.

Richard BickleyApril 27th, 2020 at 6:32 pm

Hi Folks,

C4 lead by E allows S to make if S is 2-2 in minors. Also, might not S suspect the C4 is singleton? So, win club in dummy, play to trump A, cash DA, lead out trump. Will still only lose 1 trump and one heart, and maybe CK as HK controls that suit.

Question about the time that shows on Comments: I read this column at a little after noon, Mountain Daylight time. Iain’s comment is noted at 4:53 p.m. April 27th. Is the time GMT or Zulu?

Iain ClimieApril 27th, 2020 at 9:49 pm

Hi Richard,

Zulu time +1 hr (British Summer time – the clocks go forward in late March). The C switch was shades of Mollo’s Rueful Rabbit i.e. switching to a singleton club as the CK was in spades (although I’m not sure that SKx would make a difference) and was slightly whimsical. Nonetheless, such quirky defences can work on occasion.



bobbywolffApril 27th, 2020 at 10:15 pm

Hi Richard,

Yes, the dummy’s 9 of clubs comes into play, (heart discard later), but why let a spot card baffle a good laugh.

However, thanks for keeping the record straight.