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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, May 30th, 2021


garyoJune 13th, 2021 at 3:33 pm

other than passing the redouble, describe other actions. ie how does bidding immediately differ from bidding after passing.

Bruce KarlsonJune 13th, 2021 at 5:21 pm

Lho opens 2 clubs, RHO bid 2 hearts weak and Lho, a strong player bids 6 nt. I have Kxx diamonds and the opportunity to signal at trick 5 or perhaps 6. I was nervous about partner leading into a ten ace so signaled off Ds. Naturally P had the A and after taking it played off allowing the contract through. Had she taken more time she might have deduced the only card to beat the contract was my K. Interested in thoughts.

Iain ClimieJune 13th, 2021 at 7:32 pm

Hi Bruce,

Can you quote the full hand here, especially as dumy’s high cards (or general lack of them) would be relevant. Possibly dfiscouraging the other suit(s) might have been worth a shot – I assume that declarer had a hand with long running clubs and something like AK AK QJx AKQJxx and decided to take a chance on partner having a diamond honour – although that hand (unless dummy has (say) SQJxx and C10 is still going to lose a second diamond at the end.



bobbywolffJune 13th, 2021 at 8:46 pm

Hi Bruce,

Of course Iain is 100% correct in wanting to know everything legal, leading up to the dramatic ending, bidding, dummy, opening lead and even the tempo created by the declarer.

However, it is dollars to doughnuts that when partner won his diamond ace, he should have been able to KNOW what to do, not necessarily setting the hand, but rather giving your partnership their best chance to do so.

Sometimes, even evidence like declarer not claiming or stating his line of play with his cards shown, are indicative of what is going to happen at the death.

Sorry for not being able to give you closure on your sad experience, because by doing so, both you and your partner will be much better placed next time, although, of course, it will likely involve itself with different card combinations.

Whatever, never give up continuing to improve, allowing the odds in the future to be greatly in your favor and, of course, a more positive end result.