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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022


Steve ConradMarch 9th, 2022 at 1:39 pm

Hi Bobby,

How does East know for sure that West has the queen of spades? My partner and I lead Q from AKQ, (A, Q asks for attitude), usually in a suit contract. It seems to work well here too.

bobbywolffMarch 9th, 2022 at 3:35 pm

Hi Steve,

East will not know that West has the queen of spades, until, and of course, East”s ten of spades holds the 3rd trick.

Then, and only then, will East know that since West started the hand with the AKQx of spades, the fact that West cashed the ace before the queen should then be, what should thought to be obvious, a suit preference, hearts (or possibly diamonds), but never the lowest ranking suit of clubs.

Presto, magico, good bridge wins out
best described as taking advantage of opportunities to do necessary correct plays to win.

After such a relatively simple, but totally necessary adventure, both E&W will (should) feel great pride with returning their hands back into the bridge boards.

Of course, concerning what actually did happen, it is likely that West would feel terrible, when he carelessly cashed the queen of spades before the ace. However a good partner would (should) say nothing (or very little) at that time and allow West to later apologize for his (what turned out to be) major gaffe.

Yes, your partnership leading of the Queen from AKQ would work well, if West then at trick two cashed the ace before then obviously leading a small one, again signifying a suit preference for higher rather than lower.

Iain ClimieMarch 9th, 2022 at 4:02 pm

Hi Bobby,

If South has SJ10 alone, West has to be awake enough to cash the HA at T4 after SAKQ if playing BAM or matchpoints. Should he do so at IMPs, though? South is marked with most of the high cards but East could have longer diamonds, weaker clubs and a heart holding like today’s.



bobbywolffMarch 9th, 2022 at 5:45 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes and no doubt. It wouldn’t at all be impossible, nor even improbable, that East possesses the heart king, leaving the set available for the taking.

South jumped to the NT game, but his king of hearts could easily be restricted to the Q10x(x).

Iain ClimieMarch 9th, 2022 at 5:51 pm

Hi Bobby,

Sorry for the typo – for East in my post read South!