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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, May 9th, 2020


jim2May 23rd, 2020 at 10:17 am

If a heart is led at Trick 2, what if West believes declarer and switches to diamonds?

bobbywolffMay 23rd, 2020 at 4:08 pm

Hi Jim2,

Oh yes, among other opportunities, and, of course with the declarer basically starting out with two tricks in each suit (one short of the goal) and both partnerships striving, the defense to hold it to that, while the declarer seeking to seek a third trick somewhere at least before the “bad guys” secure five.

Since spades are only a combined (for the offense) six cards, if and when they are originally led, the defense, specifically East needs to “surround” with the nine, while West can still, though uncomfortably, lead a small one, at least the initial one.

In truth, the above adventure magnifies the disadvantage of leading first and third instead of giving that dubious honor to the opponents. However, in order for this hand to ever be completed, the one on lead is continually required to make that happen.

In any event, and FWIIW, the main subject is for when East is on lead and selects a suit, if it be spades, the nine and no other, will be required and to then quote the Raven, at least according to Edgar Allan Poe, and after that, NEVER MORE.

And this is at least, supposed to be a bridge site, but I, perhaps too often, inject red herrings.