Aces on Bridge — Daily Columns

The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, February 12th, 2022


bobbywolffFebruary 26th, 2022 at 3:59 pm

Hi Everyone,

While Clyde Love may have written a most descriptive bridge book about squeeze play and the ability to pick up an extra trick, the hand above is as good an example of the do’s and dont’s associated as I’ve seen.

How to go about it with declarer and how to counter with the proper defense. “Rectifying the count” is a key phrase and, of course, in the above description it is a main topic.

Many might say that this discussion sometimes separates many good players from being better and ready to take on World Class players and perhaps they have a point.

But whether they do or not, for those on the brink about wanting to advance, should study this hand closely, since the cat and mouse game present, regarding the declarer making it easy for the defense to cash that good diamond, but the defense steadfastly backing off, made all the difference.

Even the original quote was selected for its reference, though that may be thought to be, (if you will excuse), a bridge too far.

Iain ClimieFebruary 26th, 2022 at 7:13 pm

Hi Bobby,

West should probably know not to cash the 13th D as declarer clearly wants him to. Simply a suspicious mind may be enough here.



bobbywolffFebruary 26th, 2022 at 8:10 pm

Hi Iain,

No doubt what you say is true and should apply, but not nearly as efficient as knowing why.

Inquisitive minds are necessary for consistent success, if, for no other reason, than not being at the mercy, or even being just slightly disadvantaged, by a clever opponent.