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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, December 23rd, 2021


Iain ClimieJanuary 6th, 2022 at 10:51 am

Hi Bobby,

I suspect I would have missed that play or (like Jim2) have found declarer with J9x or J10x in spades. Still very impressive to find it at the table although a weaker player would have covered without thinking and the ploy fails – but then so does everything else.



jim2January 6th, 2022 at 1:47 pm


I confess that the overtake and switch looks a lot like QJx.

Thus, I would have failed on this deal no matter where I sat. As usual.

bobbywolffJanuary 6th, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Hi Iain & Jim2,

And not to take anything away from Sam’s excellent Queen of Spades switch, it could have caught his partner with, AJ10 or AJxx (any) all with equal success.

Learning successful card combinations is no doubt integral for a fast run-up in bridge results, and with it, then tying the actual bidding to the possibility of partner possessing
what is necessary may take a little more time.

However it will be well worth the effort and for a lifetime of excelling at our glorious game.
Sam Lev has obviously accomplished that, and, no doubt, long ago.

bobbywolffJanuary 6th, 2022 at 5:11 pm

Hi again Iain & Jim2,

Hopefully and no doubt both of you agree with the above, but sorrowfully Jim2, in spite of being a master of whatever bridge knowledge necessary, cannot overcome lady luck’s ability to foil, after the fact, whichever play or bid he makes, by her dastardly control and use of the theory of card migration, the dreaded TOCM TM.