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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, August 18th, 2021


Iain ClimieSeptember 1st, 2021 at 9:11 am

Hi Bobby,

I hope NS had the decency to apologise for bringing home such an appalling contract (2 finesses as a minimum and plenty of work on top of that) but at least it was a training camp. Hopefully South didn’t also point out that a heart lead at T1 would wreck the squeeze (I think) although a look at the hand records would be needed to find that.



bobbywolffSeptember 1st, 2021 at 12:53 pm

Hi Iain,

Nothing really needs to be added to your critique of this aberration, except to say that North severely abrogated his responsibility to merely only either rebid 2 spades or perhaps 2NT as long as that didn’t show any extra for an opening bid.

It is one thing to overbid when both suits are worth showing, and quite another when both appear rather emaciated.

Add that to the horrific decision South made to not check on kings, missing always a key one when partner doesn’t hold the king of spades, which would have likely (more or less) solidified
where all thirteen of the tricks might be coming from.

Finally, as they might say in either China or the USA that two Wongs do not make a Wright and we are treated to a gorgeous simple squeeze, manifested against by substantially enormous odds, but what’s a shipwrecked Captain to do?

Anyway, sometimes grist for the mill, needs to be made by “sterner stuff”.

No doubt the famous French Inspector played by Peter Sellers (Clouseau) long ago in the movies could have used this bridge hand to emphasize his detective work for what was needed for success and, of course, would have forbidden that successful for the defense, but extremely down putting, heart lead,

And he, instead of, what you suggest, properly apologizing, would have no doubt, gloated!