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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, August 19th, 2020


Joe1September 3rd, 2020 at 12:12 am

Love the play. I knew something sneaky had to be done. What percentage would take this line (Hideous Hog would have found it- the master of bringing in NT with an open suit) and how many defenders would have taken diamond A at trick 2 followed by spades (would smell a rat against HH or similar)?

Jukka KorpelaSeptember 3rd, 2020 at 5:23 am

I cannot understand the result at the other table. With North as declarer in 1 NT, why would East even think of any other lead than a small spade? After taking five spade tricks, East-West can hardly avoid making the ace of diamonds as well. So unless something very odd happens, declarer gets seven tricks, not nine.