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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, November 17th, 2021


Iain ClimieDecember 1st, 2021 at 10:02 am

HI Bobby,

I love this sort of hand where the defence’s trump trick and 3 diamond winners wind up taking 3 tricks instead of 4. It reminds me of a really bad 6C I got away with in my youth holding AQx xx Kxxx AQxx in hand opposite xx AKQx Axxx Kxx. I got a spade lead to the K and Ace then cashed the SQ and ruffed a spade. Three rounds of trumps found RHO with 4 but now the diamond winners and three rounds of hearts all stood up and a heart off the table either let me ditch the losing D if East ruffed or make my small trump and see the oppo’s winners collide at T13. A bad contract to say the least, though.



A V Ramana RaoDecember 1st, 2021 at 11:34 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Nice hand. A Devil’s coup in disguise.If east were to hold three spades, south needs him to hold four clubs for elopement but as usual, finding it on the table is the task. Well played

bobbywolffDecember 1st, 2021 at 3:53 pm

Hi Iain & AVRR,

No doubt and who ever said that 8 trumps (diamond fit) work better than 7?

If played in diamonds it would have resulted in ho hum and years later, nothing to talk nor, of course, write about.

Bridge, not unlike real life, often requires people to reach out for spectacular results, and this hand is the perfect example.

“The plays the thing” wrote Shakespeare, but absolutely nothing about the bidding, although it is indeed barely possible that the Bard had a different subject in mind.