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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, May 30th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoJune 13th, 2020 at 9:46 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
But east could have defeated the contract by ruffing the third diamond with nine ( not with Q or J : south will have easy time by pitching another club and trump finesse nets twelve tricks) . South is compelled to overruff else he is down straight away but now, there is no trump coup and south loses one trump and a club

jim2June 13th, 2020 at 12:40 pm

A V Ramana Rao –

I am not Our Host.

However, I believe the 3-card ending — with East holding QJS and QC — becomes:





Declarer again advances the Board’s diamond.

If East pitches club, then declarer ruffs, cashed KS, and concedes last trick.

If East ruffs, the declarer pitches club. Now declarer can score the last small trump on either a club or trump return.

Ruffing with the 9S essentially re-sequences the column line.

A V Ramana RaoJune 13th, 2020 at 1:25 pm

Yes, a hasty conclusion while mentally placing the cards instead of working out on paper. Sorry

Iain ClimieJune 13th, 2020 at 3:34 pm

HI Jim2,

The position you quote shows that 2 (defensive winners) into 1 (trick) can go. Always nice when that happens.


bobbywolffJune 13th, 2020 at 4:41 pm

Hi AVRR, Jim2, & Iain,

Thanks to all of you for your comments. AVRR and Jim2 for their point and counter point discussion and Iain for his caressing of our beloved game.

At least to me, the play of this bedeviled slam is similar to the melody of a beautiful song. And all the more so for me to appreciate it, since I am basically tone deaf.

Furthermore, and from what I value as experience, it’s opportunities seems more plentiful (and thus available) in bridge than even a piano with its 88 music making keys.

Oh well, perhaps even too much bias, is not overly harmful, since love is where one finds it.

Thanks to all of you who explained above, especially if any (or all) of the three of you lovers, feel the same.