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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, May 19th, 2021


Iain ClimieJune 2nd, 2021 at 10:32 am

Hi Bobby,

If West and North were to pass 1N doubled, East has no choice after a small diamond lead but to cross fingers, toes and everything else before cashing the CA – +180. A top diamond lead and a switch won’t help either. After the good news on the CA, East can just knock out the HA. West obviously can’t sensibly pass the double, but what would you do as North on a different hand if 1N X reached him – 2D or pass and hope?



A V Ramana RaoJune 2nd, 2021 at 11:28 am

Hi lain
But it would be atrocious on north’s part to pass one NT double ( assuming west keeps silent) and perhaps that would be last hand N S play as partners
But even after the brilliant Q of diamonds return, south had a chance if the defense slips. He wins Q of diamond in hand, reaches dummy with diamond ten and leads heart. East needs to split . South wins , ruffs a heart , ruffs a club and runs trumps. After ten cards have been played, in the three card position, unless west signalled even numer of cards in hearts and even then had east not taking notice, the tendency is to retain K J of spades and K of hearts bare but now south can lead a heart and make the contract. Correct defense would be to retain singleton K of spade and Q ten of hearts. But the composer of the par problem could have made life simple for east by giving Q 10 of hearts to west and now east gets full par score by leading Q of diamonds at T2

bobbywolffJune 2nd, 2021 at 4:13 pm

Hi Iain,

If West refused to run to clubs (2 or even 3 of them) and then North also passed partner’s penalty double after his original positive but shaded response, we’d all be aghast and then later figured one of two possibilities: either (1) West had a previous view of the hand records,
or (2) West had learned to play bridge that morning or earlier that afternoon and North had either been (1) restricted against ever taking out one of South’s penalty doubles or (2) North secretly hated South and was looking for legitimate other ways to infuriate him.

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, what do others think of the results of this hand?

My thinking is that North must chirp 2 diamonds and then if doubled then or later, refuse to table my hand, but if forced do so, possibly be and surprisingly so, greatly rewarded.

bobbywolffJune 2nd, 2021 at 4:20 pm


Thanks again for your wise comments pertaining to the hand of the day, enlightening all who read them, of not only documenting the result, but also posting various other interesting factors and possibilities.

IOW, never seeming to (if you’ll forgive me), miss a trick!