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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, October 30th, 2021


A V Ramana RaoNovember 13th, 2021 at 5:23 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Quite instructive hand but west must be complimented for that brilliant diamond shift at T2. Without that south would had a very easy time say for e.g. a heart comes back,south ruffs, leads top trumps and when west shows out on second trump, south crosses to club and leads heart. East does best by discarding diamond. South ruffs and leads clubs. If east refuses to ruff, he is thrown in with trump for two diamond tricks. Even if west shifts to a spade or club, same play develops

Iain ClimieNovember 13th, 2021 at 8:14 pm

Hi Bobby,

Any credit to West for not using Michaels which makes the risk of a bad trump break more obvious?



bobbywolffNovember 13th, 2021 at 10:42 pm

Hi AVRR & Iain

Yes, West’s switch to a diamond is likely the right play, since perhaps South had the queen of hearts thereby negating partner’s likely 4 card holding by having to trump.

Also, it is now or never to protect partner’s possible diamond king, especially if a good player is declaring, since that throw-in is not difficult to find.

And to Iain, yes West could have used Michaels, but like the conversation lately, the enemy is listening and likely too often, conventions, while certainly handy and sometimes necessary to use, also, in fact, too often lionize the declarer to play the hand better which, in turn, makes the rest of us unlucky experts or so we claim.

In any event, we pays our money, we takes our choice. but sometimes the glitter of a stuffed convention card, becomes fool’s gold.

BTW, I, too, like Michaels, and suggest playing it, but do so with tongue in cheek, so call me hypocritical. However I have been called worse.