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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, August 19th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoSeptember 2nd, 2021 at 11:07 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Quite an interesting hand but perhaps south can always make the contract if he places west with spade Q and doubleton A of hearts. Say west ducks spade J. Now south overtakes K with A and leads heart. West wins and leads heart or a club. He is endplayed with fourth club. Now, if he cashes Q of spades and leads diamond, south has enough tricks and if he leads a diamond, south wins cheaply and throws west in with Q of spades. West makes only four tricks in either case. And if west ducks heart, dummy wins K and south can amuse himself by endplaying west in either clubs or hearts. In this hand, unfortunately the deck is stacked against west.

A V Ramana RaoSeptember 2nd, 2021 at 11:21 am

No, I think there is a flaw. South hand got squeezed on fourth club. If he discards a diamond, west can play A and low diamond and if he discards spade, west cashes Q of spades and leads ten of diamond. Sorry for missing this line

bobbywolffSeptember 2nd, 2021 at 2:52 pm


It isn’t necessary for our chief analyst (on staff) like you, to be sorry. If this hand isn’t both the most interesting (some may call it terrorizing) example of a mad bridge scientist going wild, I don’t know which might.

It isn’t likely that any other hand, recently or not, where in order to succeed, we should, while playing, hope to lose tricks rather than win, thus representing (in NT, not just in spades) the value of opponents on lead, having to play 1st and 3rd rather than 2nd and fourth.

Much too tricky and complex for newbies, but the lessons learned for talented young players may forever stay with them. Finally, and I think important, not wishing for complexity, but, when encountered, prepared to take full advantage.

Thanks for your constant willingness to explore, rather than to just remain a kibitzer. Without you, no other bridge player could or would, sadly including me, sincerely appreciate the weaving through, necessary (especially involving blockage) to succeed.

Tom BomarSeptember 6th, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Do not overtake SK w A. Just let SK win, run Clubs, lose 4th club. When in w HK, lead D9. Lose 2 diamonds, HA and 1club only. Makes 5S, 3C and one red K.

Tom BomarSeptember 6th, 2021 at 8:45 pm

Sorry. I’m wrong.