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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, April 24th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoMay 8th, 2021 at 9:55 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Very well played hand by declarer.Normal club finesse won’t work in this case but east could have returned a trump after ruffing club . Though it would provide a finesse, south will go down as if south collects trumps, club K is still outstanding and south cannot ruff both losing clubs . However as played, south had easy Time because he already got rid of one club
Difficult to find at table but even a diamond return from West at T2 would take the contract down

bobbywolffMay 8th, 2021 at 1:59 pm


Yes, although poor guessing to where the defensive cards are located will result in defeat for declarer, his exact play did the job.

However, since he met with success, perhaps the overall effort from NS, (not doubling 5 hearts) did not deserve the kudos it received.

Especially so since if West had the singleton ten of hearts, instead of the six (with, and of course, East instead, falsecarding, with his first ruff) a resounding defeat for South would have followed.

However, sometimes judges get carried away with pomp and circumstances, but at the same time give too much credit to bravado instead of appreciating overall (both winning bidding and guessing the play) excellence.

Thanks for your usual keen analysis which ratifies the above, of, in its way, the emperor having no clothes. Yes, most of us sometimes over appreciate bravado (scoring it up) rather
than bridge substance (being basically overall dangerously wrong by not doubling instead of bidding on) to which you are always there, to clearly show, enough and, better yet,
in a very polite way. THANK YOU!