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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, December 24th, 2020


David WarheitJanuary 7th, 2021 at 9:20 am

How about S bids 2S (instead of 5C) & N bids 3N, making 4?

jim2January 7th, 2021 at 1:04 pm

South could also simply make a takeout double. North can then bid notrump over West’s 2S or 3S, and South can pass 3N or raise 2N.

Jeff SJanuary 7th, 2021 at 2:38 pm

And since East may very well choose to start with a 4th-high diamond given his poorly placed spades, you could easily end up making five. Sure glad that didn’t happen as we would have cost us the pleasure of seeing that inspired defense!

Michael BeyroutiJanuary 7th, 2021 at 3:54 pm

Two good artists at work. Take that Andre Gide!

Michael BeyroutiJanuary 7th, 2021 at 3:58 pm

I was referring to David W and Jim2.
But Larry Cohen and Berkowitz can take some credit too…

Iain ClimieJanuary 7th, 2021 at 4:10 pm

Hi Folks,

In reply to David’s suggestion don’t some players use 1S (3S) to show a long solid suit and a few bits, asking partner to bid 3N with a stop? Not really applicable here but worth having in the armoury occasionally I would have thought.

Nerves of steel to duck that D though, although I suppose if declarer has D10x to start with, you are probably not beating it. Declarer clearly has something reasonable in hearts to back up the long strong clubs. I bet Cohen ducked in rythmn too and that is outrageously good!



Bobby WolffJanuary 7th, 2021 at 4:29 pm

Hi David, Jim2, Jeff S, & Michael,

All very neat. to the point, and accurate.

As long as the NS partnerships can change their conventions after the start of this hand and even if able, it is extremely doubtful, at least to my sore eyes, that anyone would encourage 3NT with that South hand especially when 1 spade is opened by RHO.

And even then, might not either East or West bid on to 4 spades. likely not down more than 500, a good result, except against the brilliant defense South received.

Yes, I then know that NS can then counter with 4NT, bid and then, of course, also made.

Likely only ever done with a form of self kibitzing!

Bobby WolffJanuary 7th, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Hi Iain,

And when I repeat that old cliche “Another country heard from.” for a change, I am speaking correctly.

However, yes a jump to 3 of the same major that has been opened by one’s RHO is usually played at the high-level as a solid (AKQ) not (AQJ) long side suit suggesting immediate almost sure tricks (banning horrific breaks) if partner can stop the major suit jumped to.

Which reminds me of the new player who got slightly mixed up and jumped to 3 of RHO’s major with the protected king of that suit and hardly anything else, hoping partner will then bid 3NT if he held a solid real long suit.

Could work while playing against Jim2 when TOCM TM would then be certain to also provide the long solid suit, plus the crucial ninth trick for, and of course then, contract made!!