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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, January 13th, 2022


bobbywolffJanuary 27th, 2022 at 2:23 pm

Hi Everyone,

And never think that lady luck ever ignores giving chances for success to both sides since another deceptive opportunity awaited West.

What might happen next if West, when declarer won the opening spade lead in hand, went to the diamond ace and passed the club ten and you West, followed with the club nine?

So before the defense could complain about declarer either guessing the heart situation right or more likely, NS having the right heart spots or length to ward off that evil spirit, examine oneself for what might have then happened next with the second club led from dummy.

As Ralph Edwards, the long ago radio host of Truth or Consequences used to say, “Aren’t we devils”?

What a wonderful and beautiful game we play or at least give it a try. Moral may be, “firsr determine if one’s own side could have done more”, before charging it off to only lady luck.

Yes, I know that the club play came first, so ducking the club in tempo could be made easier, if East would not play too quickly to trick one, a regulation allowed, in spite of no problem with choice of 3rd seat play, and sometimes, like here, coveted.

Iain ClimieJanuary 27th, 2022 at 3:03 pm

Hi Bobby,

A stray query here based on East’s hand. Suppose instead of the sensible sequence to 3N (as South’s queen is protected) that North just bashed 3N over 1S. After all then hand could be different and North holds SAQx or North might just be like that. Would you lead a spade from the East hand obediently or risk a diamond? I suppose much depends on the sort of hands partner is liable to come in with.



bobbywolffJanuary 27th, 2022 at 4:23 pm

Hi Iain,

Assuming nothing worth reporting regarding the aggressive habits of the competitors is forthcoming (or likely even if it had) I would tend to lead a diamond instead of the dutiful spade.

Fly to what one sees and hears, rather than to
questionable bromides often only trying to please partner or worse, feel less blame when it loses.

Good bridge is only based on player judgment and basically has little room for second guessing, playing results.

Therein is the real advantage when forming a bridge team, pick out players who have plenty of self-esteem as well as confidence. They tend to survive all results, both good and bad, and in the long run, at least it says here, will
probably produce more winning.

Good question and only my version of what is the better reply.

Iain ClimieJanuary 27th, 2022 at 9:40 pm

Hi Bobby,

No problem I’ll bid 2S as West and downgrade the CQ. If you’ve heard about some of my overalls over the years I quite understand the D lead.


bobbywolffJanuary 27th, 2022 at 11:33 pm

Hi Iain,

Intelligent bridge players would much prefer to talk about successes than not so.

Not only for the hoped for kudos, but mostly to feel good about themselves.

All of us who regularly blog here, have no doubt, been on both sides of the luck
at the table and therefore feel no pain
in admitting failure.

No doubt you would rebid spades and receive that lead, although at the time you did it, securing that lead would not have been the major objective.

Just the back and forth action, nearly always creating a different result, very difficult to accurately assess.