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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, July 5th, 2021


Iain ClimieJuly 20th, 2021 at 9:10 am

Hi Bobby,

Welcome back! One further point is that if East is (say) 2-2-4-5 then the run of the spades will squash him in the minors. Unlikely given that West only bid hearts once but a legitimate extra chance.



Bobby WolffJuly 20th, 2021 at 3:20 pm

Hi Iain,

Thanks for the added attraction which, though unlikely to occur, is also a consideration which, on this specific hand (and its bidding), slightly raises that percentage possibility

Finally, my age beacons back to the Sonny Moyse era (middle 1900s) and his obsession for 4-3 major suit fits hits an accord with me, strong enough to never having left me, making 4 card major suit openings my favorite, still resonating positive in my dotage, as long as my partnership prepares itself to cover its deficiencies (not as difficult as many may think).

David WarheitJuly 20th, 2021 at 7:55 pm

Ian: Yes, but all W has to do is not lead a third H, and then there is no squeeze on E. I think that W should be able to figure that out. Even E hoping that his partner has the S10 and leading a small H at trick 3 wouldn’t work, since S would simply discard a D on this trick.

harry hvJuly 22nd, 2021 at 4:13 am

Beginner here – why not discard the actual loser on the third heart, that is the club 2 ? Does discarding a diamond confuse the opposition, or is the club 2 a later squeeze threat?

David WarheitJuly 22nd, 2021 at 9:32 am

Barry: If E has 4 D & 5 C, you need to hang on to the C2. At trick 4, W leads a non-H. You win and play 4 rounds of trump. Then you hold CAK2 and 3 small D. Dummy holds 4 D and 2 C (or possibly one round has been played in each one or both of these suit). Since only E can guard either minor, he is squeezed. He needs to hold 4 D and 3 C, but with only 6 tricks to go, he can’t, so the squeeze produces the game-going trick.