Aces on Bridge — Daily Columns

The Aces on Bridge: Monday, November 22nd, 2021


Mircea GiurgeuDecember 6th, 2021 at 5:03 pm

Hi Bobby,

Let’s say West starts with D9 (top of nothing) and East ducks the ace, declarer’s jack winning. Should declarer now follow the same plan of establishing dummy’s diamonds for club discards or play East for CK?

Iain ClimieDecember 6th, 2021 at 10:49 pm

Hi Bobby,

On LWTA and on a different day a D could be right e.g. if partner had Fax declared had 3D, dummy 2 and part holds SJ10x with dummy having a trump honour. To what extent should partner consider raising a:WJO with As I’d or Ax here? It could work well but might also trigger a spectacular phantom save if the WJO bidder thinks partner has length. Would Redbl be a good way to suggest Ax or If here?



Iain ClimieDecember 7th, 2021 at 1:40 pm

DAx , sorry!

bobbywolffDecember 7th, 2021 at 11:39 pm

Hi Iain,

No doubt the interest you show in wanting to
help partner determine his lead can and often is (perhaps 25%) critical. However, bridge being the unpredictable competition it always is, will prevent that figure from being anywhere near totally consistent.

Probably as close to the right consideration is what you, of course, already know. Stay alert to make lead directed bids and doubles and hope you are helping, not the other extreme, in allowing an astute declarer to take better advantage than partner.

No doubt, the best answer is to glean experience, something you excel with, in determining when and if.

Good luck and happy landing.

bobbywolffDecember 7th, 2021 at 11:45 pm

Hi Mircea,

Yes, lead a diamond right back as long as it may gain an extra trick (with favorable tempo established) and don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Nothing succeeds like success and a favorable start needs to be followed with another plus

Thanks for posting. We miss you!