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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, January 21st, 2022


A V Ramana RaoFebruary 4th, 2022 at 12:28 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Nice hand and in case west comes to three hearts and five diamonds, and when south leads diamond ten, west inserting J, dummy wins and cashes A of hearts , if east unblocks, declarer can amuse himself by leading club J. East wins and if he returns heart , west wins but declarer makes a second diamond trick and if east returns club, west is forced to discard the extended diamond to keep heart K protected and again south makes one diamond and one heart in the ending . In effect this is a transposition of column text as dummy discards club J when west cashes his last diamond and waits for heart trick but leading club J after east unblocks has its melodramatic effect.
And perhaps when south wins the lead and cashes both high spades from dummy west showing out, he can be certain that West is 1561. So he can even cash A of hearts before finesse in spades and whether east unblocks or not, same play develops.

bobbywolffFebruary 4th, 2022 at 3:12 pm


If our group was commanded to better describe the various end positions created, your text could be rightfully added for both fullness and emphasis.

And although the above can indeed be both tedious and unnecessary to carefully explain, it may still be very helpful to those who are just arriving at the cusp of learning card combinations and their ramifications.

All together an unusually positive experiment in what it takes to move up the ladder with declaring certain hands, especially when the blueprint of the various locations of distributions and high card content has been unwittingly been volunteered by conventional happy opponents.

Not that playing “sound” conventions does not have its advantages, but rather to remind fancy minded up and coming players the corresponding disadvantages.

Thanks always for both the time you take and, of course, the effort involved to make it easier for others to follow.