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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, December 2nd, 2021


Iain ClimieDecember 16th, 2021 at 2:51 pm

Hi Bobby,

A small extra chance here but should declared lead the SQ on the 2nd round of trumps to guard agai st west having 109 alone? Then you don’t need the club finesse. If West has pulled off a Grosvener coup with SA10 only that would be unfortunate of course.

Slowly recovering but I won’t be off running, swimming or hitting the gym for a while.



bobbywolffDecember 16th, 2021 at 3:11 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, declarer should lead the spade queen with his 2nd round, therein in the absence of a Grosvener and, very likely, being able to avoid the club finesse.

Great news about your recovery and also proof positive that Covid, while perhaps destroying taste buds, is no match for slowing right-on. bridge analysis.

Welcome back to good health!

A V Ramana RaoDecember 16th, 2021 at 3:22 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps this hand should be played in three NT but what is the mechanism to get there? Perhaps north should have bid three clubs instead of two NT making clear to south his spade weakness. As can be seen , even if played in five clubs in the Moysian fit , the contract rolls home

jim2December 16th, 2021 at 3:50 pm

If North’s 2H rebid showed extra values, then North’s failure to raise South’s spades despite it being rebid should make South ready to consider non-spade contracts. Since South has extra high card values (and they are NOT in spades), I think 3N should be bid over 4S. The lack of strong spots cards in spades should be a deciding factor.

Iain ClimieDecember 16th, 2021 at 4:51 pm


Are you sure about 5C here? Imagine it starts off with SA then a small spade ruffed with the 6 and over-ruffed. North has a losing diamond and two losing hearts to get rid of although the clubs come in nicely. There again, there is only one definite loser (SA) so maybe (double dummy after SA and a small spade, ruffed, over-ruffed) DA, DK, D ruff with Q, HK, club to the Jack, draw trumps and play HA then J. Horrible contract though!

Wholeheartedly agree with the reasoning for 3N from both you and Jim2 – we surely know dummy will have at most 1 spade so South was hogging the hand or no good reason. KJ108xxx would be rather different and note that 3N might even make with the club finesse losing when 4S has very little chance.

bobbywolffDecember 16th, 2021 at 5:27 pm


As usual all true (well, almost) in what you say. However I think a second rebid of 3 clubs should only be made with one less spade, namely zero!

But, to each his own and I, like many, tend to speculate, using results as my guide, instead of reality.

bobbywolffDecember 16th, 2021 at 5:33 pm

Hi Jim2,

Yes, I agree with you, 3NT. The very strong interior round suit 10’s cry out for it, even possibly the jack of spades.

bobbywolffDecember 16th, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Hi again Jim2,

I guess I spoke too soon, since you were talking about South’s action, while I am referring to North. But, if void in spades with an extra diamond then 3 clubs.

bobbywolffDecember 16th, 2021 at 5:52 pm

Hi AVRR & Iain,

While declarer play and thought does occur while discussing playing 5 clubs, the idea of arriving there can be nothing less than frightening.

Granted, discussing bridge is far reaching but rarely should any partnership, great or not so, spend too much time (probably one second or less)
talking about a 4-3 fit at the 5 level.

I would expect that to ever take place with the late and great Sonny Moyse, and even that, to only himself.

Even discussing the pandemic at length might be as much fun, but as the song goes, “To Each His Own”.

A V Ramana RaoDecember 17th, 2021 at 8:45 am

Hi lain
Five clubs comes home as the cards lay as declarer loses only one spade and a heart. But three NT is pretty easy due to the preponderance of high cards in NS hands