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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020


Iain ClimieJune 17th, 2020 at 10:48 am

HI Bobby,

Shouldn’t East just play the DJ at T1? South finesses, so East wins and punches dummy with the DA. Maybe West could have found the spade switch but East could and should have helped, especially with a likely trump trick.



bobbywolffJune 17th, 2020 at 3:25 pm

Hi Iain,

Today’s hand represents difficult bridge with close decisions on both sides, particularly so, when at the five level, whether East or West should venture there, and if so, North to definitely double, while holding only three hearts and basically a minimum for his previous TO double.

The overall play is not unreasonable (EW’s choice at trick two to continue diamonds, to which East suggested when he didn’t overtake at trick one, but not conclusively when he played his small diamond rather than the jack).

I, or anyone, especially at the finish, could give a reason for West to switch to a spade at trick two or simply overtake and continue diamonds himself, but the game itself, rather than double dummy analysis on the spot often demands a critical defensive position which is far from clear (here and from the defenders view the specific overall club holdings, although with East not overtaking and continuing diamonds, somewhat marking East with the king of spades.

However could not declarer hold s. Kxx, h. KQJ10xx, d. 32 c. xx making a club shift the only defensive winner? Especially when and if East followed with specifically the 6 of diamonds. Another what if could be debated of whether South, while holding that specific hand, would have not stood for partner’s double. Little could any South know that the immediately above hand would play better than the one he actually held, but anyone who is familiar with our great game may understand, or will he?

“Chess anyone? this game bridge, is just too difficult”.

David SJune 17th, 2020 at 7:53 pm

Just for the sake of asking, what happens if W plays the S jack at trick 1?