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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, November 16th, 2020


Iain ClimieNovember 30th, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Hi Bobby,

A few stray thoughts here. At least North didn’t try his/her luck in 2S, 2H X can go a rather lucky one off as D are frozen (absolutely not recommended though) while could East have helped West more? After HA, leading HJ then HQ could suggest something in diamonds although South can ditch the losing spade on a long diamond after ducking one round.

I assume it was IMPs (or maybe point a board) when EW would be happy to go plus.



A V Ramana RaoNovember 30th, 2020 at 4:58 pm

Hi lain
Perhaps 2 S is cold after the natural heart lead. South wins second heart, cashes two top spades revealing the position and leads three rounds of diamonds. East wins and leads heart but south discards club , so does West and south wins club shift and exits with club. West down to all trumps needs to ruff and south scores two tricks with his trump tenace . If West ruffs East’s heart winner, the situation is no better

A V Ramana RaoNovember 30th, 2020 at 5:09 pm

No that was only tenth trick but does not matter. East wins the club i.e. tenth trick and on his return, whichever card it is south playing club , West is forced to ruff conceding last two tricks

Iain ClimieNovember 30th, 2020 at 5:33 pm


It would be 2S by North after the double though and East will probably try a top club at T1; does this make a difference? To be fair S could try 2S when we’re in your line.



A V Ramana RaoNovember 30th, 2020 at 5:46 pm

Hi lain
Even north playing 2S should not have any problem as both minors are 3-3 with EW and West is bound to get endplayed ( of course south plays E for heart A and scores heart K) and EW cannot do anything about the endplay

bobbywolffNovember 30th, 2020 at 8:07 pm

Hi Iain & AVRR,

Yes, at both matchpoints and IMPs there is reason
for South, after opening a minor and having it come around next at 2 hearts EW, to then bid those powerful spades and wind up playing exactly that contract.

Adding to the allure will likely be a small gain for NS at IMPs as well as an above average score at matchpoints, and presto, magico a bonus at rubber bridge of 100 honors.

Don’t ever forget the majesty of a spade contract, since in bridge as well as life, hobbing and knobbing with the top, usually has its advantages.

Thanks to both of you, for providing the detail to a lowly part score bidding and playing problem.