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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, March 18th, 2021


Iain ClimieApril 1st, 2021 at 1:37 pm

HI Bobby,

If East gambles on West having the HA, fair trumps and/or a trick on the side, he can double speculatively and the defence then starts off with HA, H ruff when South has no chance. What was South’s opening 1C though – Prec ision or similar? I used to play that low level overcalls of a strong club were that suit and the next one up – emphatically NOT a good idea today especially if NS have the machinery to start looking for low-level penalties at the vulnerability.



bobbywolffApril 1st, 2021 at 2:50 pm

Hi Iain,

Presenting this hand was not our shining hour, since there were simply too many what ifs and unnecessary complications, which in fact didn’t contribute positive learning experiences.

Nevertheless, and, of course, real hands often lead to miss-moshes
where the bidding (here, OK) but especially the play (here, not) will
represent more clear thinking than it actually does.

Yes NS were playing a common form of a Precision Club system, which led to their 4 spade contract.

The penalty double you refer to, which some partnerships would then play a final penalty double by the partner of an overcaller should lead an unsupported ace and expect his partner to trump it used to be popular, but the many very poor results (sometimes redoubled by the declaring side and, of course often made (some with overtrick(s) has, what would be expected to occur, very rare use.

It’s OK to have fun, but discouraging when that fun turns into a bridge tragedy.

bobbywolffApril 1st, 2021 at 2:55 pm

Hi again Iain,

Of course, I meant trump the second round, not the ace. Sorry!