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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, April 15th, 2021


David WarheitApril 29th, 2021 at 10:00 am

The “best line” also works if E has doubleton S109. Another line of play is to finesse S9. This works if S are 3-3 with W having either SKxx or SJ10x or various squeeze chances, assuming W has either SJ10 or SK but S are not 3-3. I can’t say which line is better, but they seem pretty close.

David WarheitApril 29th, 2021 at 10:01 am

Oops, I meant if E has doubleton SJ10, of course.

A V Ramana RaoApril 29th, 2021 at 11:40 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
If spades are 3-3 with West holding K as it happens, south need nod discard and ruff spade. once trumps are drawn, winning spade finesse taken , simply play third spade . As long as spades are 3-3 South has twelve tricks as the long spade and A of diamond will take care of losing clubs. And another interesting point is from the initial lead it appears that West has a problem as he is holding all Kings except trump K and decided on a safe trump lead. And inferring thus, if west returns a low club after winning spade K, south though already having twelve tricks can even let it ride to Q in hand for some amusement ( strictly in lighter sense) But perhaps west should have played J on first round of spades and K on A in which case perhaps south might get deterred to rely on spades and played on clubs going down but perhaps even then, an alert south can confirm what is going on by discarding spade on diamond A and ruffing third spade and would prevail when west’s false carding gets exposed

bobbywolffApril 29th, 2021 at 1:21 pm

Hi David & AVRR,

Thanks for both your comments and especially for your amplification of today’s hand, which in turn allows an up and coming bridge declarer to make the ever popular John F. Kennedy’s lead off quote, come to life.

Even if we had the foresight, intention and, above all, the knowledge, to cover what you two did, our limited space requirements would have put “paid” to our ability to do so.

It often takes a group in discussing bridge, especially declarer play and defense, to cover the bases, and both of you are close to perfect in rising to the opportunity in not only making necessary additions, but to do so with such gusto plus, even more important, clarity.

Thanks for your consistent interest and especially your bridge expertise, for just tuning in. You both are greatly appreciated and by many.