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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, August 4th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoAugust 18th, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps South can make the contract even on a spade lead. Win in hand, draw three rounds of trump, pitch clubs on good spades and concede a club. Whoever wins has to open diamonds or concede a ruff and sluff and due to the lucky position of ten and K of diamonds, south prevails

A V Ramana RaoAugust 18th, 2020 at 1:09 pm

Sorry, big goof up.That adds up only to eleven

bobbywolffAugust 18th, 2020 at 2:41 pm


Yes, the idea is good (due to the favorable adverse diamond holding), but the number of diamonds left in both hands for declarer will prevent him from eliminating a diamond loser.

Furthermore, an alternate line of losing a club early, planning to ruff one, doesn’t quite work either, since the defense will have an out card, preventing the diamond end play.

It is hands like these, which in retrospect will make, except against an unusual spade lead (although entirely possible), which lends itself to describing the definition of a good slam as one which, at the table makes, rather than throw in the exception (against a spade lead, which was not made).

In a sense, wishful and inaccurate, but in practice, true.

My bone to pick with the proposed bidding is that South’s 2NT bid can be (and always was with me) merely a forward goer, but showing only a 4 card heart suit and inviting game, thus non-forcing.

Of course, for slam type hands, it works well to play 2NT here as forcing and often with slam interest.