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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, July 14th, 2021


Iain ClimieJuly 29th, 2021 at 7:49 am

Hi Bobby,

If West has CJxxx and declarer tries a club to the 10, West should be able to work out that his partner hasn’t got CQx (Q alone is clearly out) so the suit must be something like that shown. Mind you if he’s got J8xxx he can take the J as declarer only gets 3 tricks by overtaking the CQ anyway. If he has CJxx there is nothing to be done but taking the J stops the overtrick.

On BWTA, would the answer (apart form Drury) be different if the isolated QJ were together, especially in clubs where they would have more potential?



bobbywolffJuly 30th, 2021 at 12:30 am

Hi Iain,

And all those pertinent questions need to be answered by West instantly or by not doing, he will be destined to give the show away unless he has the kind of bridge mind able both to jump tall buildings and instantly always make the right play.

Yes, my answer is really only a preview of how difficult bridge, at that level, can be. Furthermore, when and if West does not possess the club jack and it is finessed into him, must he rapid fire, follow low, or can he take two+ seconds to so play?

On the BWTA, yes a QJ combination is generally better than two isolated same honors and thus should be more respected.

However all generalizations are false, including this one, since partner may have a combination fitting one of the two secondary honors when, because of being in the right suit, becomes more valuable to his 13 cards.

And if someone would now ask, exactly what I am saying, I not only would not blame him, I would give him a smile.

Assuming you have, good luck and thanks for listening.