Aces on Bridge — Daily Columns

The Aces on Bridge: Monday, October 18th, 2021


Iain ClimieNovember 1st, 2021 at 1:44 pm

Hi Bobby,

In similar vein, if West had a singleton CQ then East would have to be 3-4-0-7 (so 14 cards) for the line declarer took to work. As you say, though, West really isn’t passing with DAQJ10xxxx.

What staggers me is how West found this at the table but I suppose West’s trump holding after the HA is cashed is effectively the same as QJ10 with North holding Kxxx. Yet another example of how study away from the table can pay off although I suspect West found it smoothly (!) and at the table. Brilliant effort.



bobbywolffNovember 1st, 2021 at 2:19 pm

Hi Iain,

No doubt a brilliant effort and what is more, oft times (likely most) when attempting a brilliancy, the play being brisk with little time to thoroughly analyze, the player merely feels that the cards are sitting well for declarer, so let me muddy the water and hope for a miracle.

What happened likely surprised Brad as well as the declarer, when that specific false card hit pay dirt.

The good news is that plays like that, when they possibly, for one reason or the other, to go the costly wrong way, seldom get written up, thus the mere attempt at them,
while not being entirely risk free, but nevertheless worth it, not really for the publicity, but rather for the satisfaction, but the real advantage to top-level opponents, especially in the future, is to beware, a constant, whenever and if, they ever meet again.