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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, March 27th, 2021


Iain ClimieApril 11th, 2021 at 11:31 am

Hi Bobby,

Swap the D8 and 9 for a moment so East has DKQ9. South still ducks in dummy correctly but East can muddy the waters by playing the DQ. A relieved South will surely take this, especially as there is a small chance that West has found an eccentric lead from DK109 not fancying a club lead form the K, the SA or possibly a singleton trump if 5-1-3-4 shape.



bobbywolffApril 11th, 2021 at 2:26 pm

Hi Iain,

No doubt deception has definitely won: fair lady, rugged gentleman, business deal, all forms of gambling, and perhaps even big-time wars (at least battles within them).

However, if that specific ruse could legitimately handicap the deceiver, then one needs to first consider the gains and losses. However, in this case, while entry less to be thrown in, and thus not be able to cash both diamonds, it looks good to go.

However a negative “X” factor of also possibly fooling one of your own could, I suppose (but very unlikely here), cause a disaster.

Oft times, in order to be believable, plays (such as the one you mention) need to be made in tempo, but if your mind works quite quickly (as I can attest it does), go for it, and although it is not likely to matter, you may be more respected in the future for your fast wit, which on the open market, is gotta be worth something, especially, at the local bridge club or even socially, when your current opponents continue to play against you.