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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, August 22nd, 2021


ClarksburgSeptember 5th, 2021 at 11:57 am

Good morning Bobby
Declaring 3NT with the following holdings:
Dummy A5 4 AKQ1074 Q432
Declarer K7 AQJ985 98 1076
Matchpoints. Opponents were silent. 8S lead.
Where to win the first Spade, and play planned from there?
Any different with IMPs scoring?

bobbywolffSeptember 5th, 2021 at 2:19 pm

Hi Clarksburg,

Yes, and almost a poster child for what I think is the difference between those two games, one, the real game, where, the major and all encompassing purpose are contracts made, and the other, where caged monkeys are running around, overtricks are involved, and impossible and what I consider, phony decisions are force fed.

At matchoints, win the ace of spades and take the heart finesse, as against IMPs or rubber, win the king of spades in dummy and finesse the diamond.

Thanks for your effort in finding almost the perfect hand for this somewhat nauseating example of how phony matchpoint bridge stands, compared to the real thing.

Strong opinion to follow! And, of course, the mathematicians will intervene and try and figure out how a couple of IMPs here and there, need to mathematically influence one’s thinking.

Bridge is tough enough to avoid mental errors than to IMO, waste time with debating the difference, and basically decide before hand, both the practical and intelligent way to go.

Paul FlashenbergSeptember 6th, 2021 at 4:02 am

Why finesse the diamond holding 8 cards? Clearly the percentage play is to play diamonds from the top, which only loses to Jxxx onside.