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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, July 30th, 2020


Iain ClimieAugust 13th, 2020 at 9:10 am

HI Bobby,

The error here is surely West’s S10. If South puts the S9 in from K9x, East should hold his cards up. I presume that declarer trying CAQ at the first two tricks makes no difference as East just ducks.



Iain ClimieAugust 13th, 2020 at 9:11 am

Sorry East’s S10! Autocorrect tried again.

David WarheitAugust 13th, 2020 at 9:28 am

I see that S rather easily can make 5C. While this requires some decent lie of both spades and clubs, so does the not at all easy contract of 3N. Do you think NS could (should) have reached 5C and if so how?

bobbywolffAugust 13th, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Hi Iain,

East is east and west is west and never the Mark should meet (or something like that).

bobbywolffAugust 13th, 2020 at 3:16 pm

Hi David,

I’m not a big Lebensohl fan, although most good partnerships play it here.

While in favor of it, in many opening 1NT sequences, I am against it here since when the responder has a balanced very poor hand, no telling what the trump suit will end up being, even possibly a six card fit.

In addition to the above, methinks a natural 2NT 6+-9 with a WTB stopper is a very common holding to which it’s use will be denied .

However Lebendohl, IMO, does have an important advantage over a partner’s 1NT opening and, of course, an overcall.

Back to the ranch, the 5 club contract probably desired is almost impossible to reach since it one goes positive here with 3 clubs (while playing Lebensohl, it will go a simple 3 hearts by the doubler, then 3NT by responder, the slam dunk contract, which indeed will be lucky to make.

Sorry for my neglect, but we need to never deflect with a defect, especially when it falls in line with an opinion of mine.