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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, June 8th, 2021


Iain ClimieJune 22nd, 2021 at 9:18 am

HI Bobby,

The hand is easier for declarer if he doesn’t have the DQ as an extra (and this time losing) option. DA10x or AJx make the line easier to spot. Having said that, if the CA and DK were with East then declarer’s line works.



bobbywolffJune 22nd, 2021 at 2:11 pm

Hi Iain,

It is easy to agree with the old, but poignant quote, “If, ifs and buts, were candy & nuts, oh what a merry Christmas we would have”.

Probably in bridge this lesson is ever present
much of the time, often making both declaring and defending difficult but, in reality, a super challenging hoot. The remedy likely requires the chosen player to be aware of the concept he is following (often side suit establishment, together with tricks which can be afforded to be lost) allowing that declarer to score up his contract, instead of going all out to make every trick possible.

Today’s hand, as you suggest, is one of those, allowing a superb declarer to succeed, where greedy players may not.

Just another bridge feature catering to rubber bridge and IMPs, instead of the almost impossible task of basically guessing one’s way, because of the too difficult scoring rules, every trick so important, while playing matchpoints.

Thanks much for your thought provoking comment.