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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, January 19th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoFebruary 2nd, 2021 at 4:31 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
It looks like that Three spades will make as north in all the probability would lead a diamond. West will ruff second diamond, draw trumps and lead club to ten and Q for south to win who gets endplayed and if he tries the imaginative lead of ten of hears, West and north will cover, east wins and leads A of club and club endplaying south again So Bramley made a good decision in bidding four diamonds and brought it home

Bobby WolffFebruary 2nd, 2021 at 5:05 pm


Right on all counts, assuming NS do not contribute a brilliant defense of leading a club early.

Then, when discussing the possibility of that defense it is barely probable that, while being the opening leader, North (while defending against nine tricks in spades) decides to lead the diamond king instead of small, allowing an alternate defense with North still being on lead at trick two.

If so, it is highly tempting for him, after seeing dummy to switch to a club, for the very reason it can be defeated if two club leads can be made by North before the death of the hand.

Then, with some acrobatics in the heart suit NS can, (I think) win the battle of allowing North to win a heart trick for the fatal dose of a second club lead to the declarer.

Not totally apparent, but I think possible.

However, whether when good or bad decision is up for grabs with Bart Bramley’s bidding choice depends on such delicate balance likely neither successful nor not can be logically used to determine results.

However, the above has nothing to do with taking away your always interesting and accurate bridge result analysis.

Iain ClimieFebruary 2nd, 2021 at 9:11 pm

Hi Bobby,

As you doubtless guessed, I tried various test posts yesterday but they kept vanishing at my end. Nice to be back.


Bobby WolffFebruary 3rd, 2021 at 2:41 am

Hi Iain,

That makes at least two and, no doubt, many more who are glad.