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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, October 16th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoOctober 30th, 2021 at 2:30 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Even if south plans the endplay, the sequence is important. He wins heart return in dummy, ruffs spade immediately else the hand cannot be made and tests trumps. When Q doesn’t fall, he expects it to be with west and now, if he leads heart to dummy and ruffs spade he goes down. He must play three rounds of hearts, ruff fourth and ruff spade else he will be stranded in dummy and
Interestingly, if either club Q falls doubleton or hearts break, both five clubs and four hearts make .
If both happen, south makes OT in four hearts. But if club Q doesn’t fall and hearts break, south makes four hearts comfortably but five clubs may be doubtful.

bobbywolffOctober 30th, 2021 at 6:34 pm


Although your keen analysis seems to stand up to scrutiny, you might be driving many wannabes away by allowing bridge playing to require just too much brainpower.

Just kidding, of course, but no doubt, just a very small difference of the location of one card or two, not to mention the exact timing of the play or defense, may then lead to a monstrous different result.

At least to me, and now for many years, I cherish that excitement and have always looked forward to my next bridge adventure.

As always, thanks for taking the time to let others know the details of what it takes to successfully survive.