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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, July 28th, 2020


Iain ClimieAugust 11th, 2020 at 9:22 am

Hi Bobby,

Can the first South still recover here? After two rounds of trumps, he should wince and take the club finesse. If East wins and gives West a ruff that is the last trick for the defence as South can now draw trumps. If East wins and plays a spade back, South has to ruff and play a club. West ruffs at some point and plays another spade but South can ruff this in hand, D to dummy, draw last trump and get back to hand with a D to cash the last club. So East has to duck to beat the hand I think.

South should still fail but at least he gives himself some chance of a defensive mistake here.



A V Ramana RaoAugust 11th, 2020 at 11:45 am

Hi lain
But south has a losing diamond in hand. If West gets a club ruff, he exits with a trump and EW will wait for the diamond trick getting one spade, one club a club ruff and a diamond. Once south ruffs the second spade, the Jig is up. There is no reprieve
( Hope our host does not mind my posting to your query)

A V Ramana RaoAugust 11th, 2020 at 12:24 pm

As an afterthought, south will prevail even if he ruffs second spade if the spades are 6-2 initially as south’s trumps are solid. But perhaps the loser on loser play is quite appealing as south has nothing to lose

Iain ClimieAugust 11th, 2020 at 2:22 pm


After S, S ruffed, declarer can play H to K, H to A, run CQ. If East wins and gives west a ruff (on which dummy unblocks the Ace), West must exit with a trump as a spade allows south to ruff, D to table, S ruff for an attempted dummy reversal – no, still doesn’t work. 2C, 2D, 5H = not enough!

Sorry about that.


bobbywolffAugust 11th, 2020 at 5:32 pm

Hi Iain & AVRR,

Glad you two dudes worked it out.

In truth, and if feelings do not creep into the equation, a difference in initial judgment and/or analysis actually is good for the soul and more importantly often useful (sometimes necessary) to better handle some of the more common player mistakes (errors in arithmetic leading the way since in a plethora of hands the constant adding to thirteen mounts up to a difficult task).

No doubt, in order to be an effective writer, one needs to be born with or,, if not, learn to deal with using the right word at the right time, but if wanting to be excellent in bridge, numbers will definitely rule the day.

However when trying to learn a child’s talent it might require an interested parent to direct him or her to a lifetime of what he or she does best.

Of course, the above may go back to Lenin or Marx who wanted to deal and then change to the above and call it communism. Just probably proving that “one swallow does not a summer make” which could be interpreted that one talent only is not enough to deal with the whole magillah.