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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, March 20th, 2021


Iain ClimieApril 3rd, 2021 at 10:53 am

Hi Bobby,

Looking at whether South should run the club round to the 9, East risks very little by false carding with the J form J10x here although I suppose West with C8xxx might decide the hand is cold with declarer “known” to have the CA10(x) and sloppily throw a club. Why east would ditch a spade instead of a diamond is utterly beyond me though.

Maddeningly for South, the potential minor suit squeeze doesn’t work if East has DKJ and 4 clubs – Oh for the D9 in hand as well.



A V Ramana RaoApril 3rd, 2021 at 11:29 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Great quote from Pearl Buck. But unfortunately, though the split second is available mistakes are rarely called back. If only we had a Time machine at our disposal and coming to hand perhaps West after nicely leading a club initially , could have continued with ten of clubs making sure to break the impending minor suit squeeze to cater to doubleton nine with south.And other initial leads would be no use as a diamond lead concedes trick immediately and on a low spade lead, West is triple squeezed. And squeezed anyway in minors if south elects to ruff out spades. So only way would be to lead a low club and continue with ten of clubs when in with A of hearts. If south were to hold third club instead of third diamond,
The squeeze cannot be stopped even if South’s remaining clubs are seven and deuce

bobbywolffApril 3rd, 2021 at 2:18 pm

Hi Iain & AVRR,

Between the two of you I have nothing to add to enhance the discussion, since all of value has already been covered and rightfully proclaimed.

From a defensive view, I do think that the ace of hearts was a thoughtful lead, and although an experienced declarer may gather information from such a gambit, it still might be necessary in order to protect the opening leader’s next choice.

We then wind up play at the death of this hand as a well deserved victory for the defense, but not without dotting the i’s, crossing the t’s and eventually, at one of the two tables, then leading the 10 of clubs. Deserving good bridge then can be rightfully proclaimed.

Thanks to both of you for your right-on analysis and discussion.