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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, September 5th, 2020


David WarheitSeptember 19th, 2020 at 10:07 am

When N bids 1NT, S should bid 3NT. Just looking at the N-S hands, this appears to be an excellent contract, much better than 4H, and looking at all 4 hands, it is cold with any opening lead other than a spade which lead simply won’t happen.

Happy Rosh Hashanah to you and all of your readers! Or as they say in Israel, Happy New Year!

Iain ClimieSeptember 19th, 2020 at 12:58 pm

HI Bobby,

Any case for West bidding 1S over 1H (or does that imply real clubs) or even making a support double – although I’m not sure the convention is used in the minor suits.

Interesting tricky hand, especially as the “advanced” play of ducking the first spade seems less effective than a weaker player grabbing the ace at T1.



bobbywolffSeptember 19th, 2020 at 6:11 pm

Hi David,

Yes, when holding a long, very strong suit, even a major, and partner announces stops in the other suits, 3NT is a fairly standard choice, less likely but rather than 4 of that major, hoping for a relatively fast nine tricks, with perhaps 4 real time losers in a suit.

However, in spite of the above, I am not completely convinced that the 3NT decision is either a slam dunk, or in this case even a game “dunk”, although it would also be my choice in spite of my relatively solid suit being a major, this time.

Much thanks for the happy Jewish New Year wish and the same back to you. Whatever and whenever a new year appears for everyone, it would have to rate as more promising than this one has been, and my guess is that almost every person world wide, would not call our fervent wish an overbid but rather a real “SLAM DUNK’.

bobbywolffSeptember 19th, 2020 at 6:26 pm

Hi Iain,

“To bid or not to bid”, that being the question, is close to a quote from Shakespeare, but while all of your maybes are in the running I prefer 1 spade, not a “support double” which is not close to being a favorite convention of mine.

However we can all understand a pass to show a simple balanced minimum hand, with not much to recommend any of the contenders, but not showing a good 4 card major, in spite of the known negatives attached, seems to be against competitive principles, if, for no other reason, than to possibly get that suit led.