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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, August 5th, 2020


Iain ClimieAugust 19th, 2020 at 9:23 am

HI Bobby,

The devil is in the detail with this trump suit (and also clubs where the unblock is required). I suspect many players would at a heart to the Ace which is fine if South had an extra small heat when playing the K first loses if East has 4. The usual excuse (after East shows out) would be that declarer was trying to cope with East having long Yet you can’t pick up East having 5 and can only catch Jxx x with East if you’ve seen his cards . I suppose if you really needed a swing in a match going badly you could hope East held 4 trumps and play that way but then you might find the opposing pair had missed the slam and West had Jx(x).



bobbywolffAugust 19th, 2020 at 2:09 pm

Hi Iain,

Without specifically saying so, you have captured the significant magic of big time declarer play and broken it down to smaller and individual brilliantcies.

If watching on local view-graph, BBO, suffering as the opposition, or especially the benefiicial dummy, the view should be highly special, whether or not (to which that factor, by percentage belongs), it is entirely necessary. The declarer play shown would shout from the rooftops, TRULY MAGNIFICENT!

This hand represents the poster child opportunity to which we all strive and, among other superior talents, to which we should all aspire, whether or not any of the imaginative nuances were necessary or not.

Thanks also for your side feature presentation, but particularly your right-on commentary.