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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, June 4th, 2020


Iain ClimieJune 18th, 2020 at 1:53 pm

HI Bobby,

What if West finds an unlikely heart lead and East keeps punching declarer? I think South can still get home single dummy but probably needs to trust the rule of restricted choice although if West has enough guile to dump the S10 from J10x it will be embarrassing. Basically play starts the same way with an early D ruff on which East dumps a club. Club off table Ace, another heart back and now west’s S10 is significant. So SK, QQ, diamond ruff hhigh, CK and a trump coup at the end?



bobbywolffJune 18th, 2020 at 2:53 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, varied different strokes, from other defensive folks.

However, if declarer heard East’s 1NT and then followed the early diamond play, he should know that East, due to his 1NT intervention, not West, would hold the spade knave (and likely also the length).

But, in a so-called friendly game (sometimes defined as LAD, limited attention deficit) anything can happen, and, of course, often does).

However, victories at the bridge table are so much sweeter when other defenders quietly fail, allowing the good guys to reign. Cherish them, but more important, continue to always, like you, be on the look-out for the opportunity.

AviJune 19th, 2020 at 12:46 pm

Hi Bobby
BWTA – are you suggesting raising to game based on a weak 2H overcall, or a strong 2H?


bobbywolffJune 19th, 2020 at 3:20 pm

Hi Avi,

With the BWTA, I would be suggesting for South to jump to game with favorable vulnerability (NV v. V) since if partner is weak, the opponents are almost sure to have a game (usually spades, but also perhaps NT) and often a slam.

IOW, a premature jump, in order to put maximum pressure on those wily opponents by taking away as much bidding space from them as possible.

With other vulnerabilities except unfavorable (V vs. NV), when it is possible that partner’s good hand will enable our side to make 8 tricks, while at the same time being lucky enough to buy the hand at that low level, then pass and hope West feels inclined to do likewise.

The main thing to keep in mind is that partner’s bid, whether strong, intermediate or weak, allows you captaincy which translates into you being the chief decision maker with the respect, while opposite your partner’s specific limit bid, to do what you think wise without his overriding you or, to be frank, acting again after already telling his story (yes, there might be rare exceptions, but if so, many fewer ones than most realize).

In any experienced partnership it becomes extremely important for both partners, from time to time, to act both roles, captain and crew, and with it, the responsibility of so acting, whether or not the strong hand has become a limit bidder or not (eg, usually an opening one bid or sometimes, merely an overcall or take out double, which, because of its wide variety of strengths and distributions would then expect that bidder to positively bid again in order to either show other playable suits or just added strength.

aviJune 21st, 2020 at 11:12 am