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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, February 24th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoMarch 10th, 2022 at 11:34 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps to make this hand more appealing, spade nine in dummy be swapped with a low card in west hand. Then of course, squeeze on west is the only chance . But today, south can prevail even by unblocking spade Q on K, win diamond return and doesn’t need even club ruff. Just hook spade . Anyway, south needs west to hold long spades and if so, he is favourite to to hold ten. But if west held even nine of spades, south doesn’t have a chance but to play for squeeze

A V Ramana RaoMarch 10th, 2022 at 11:36 am

South of course draws trumps before spade finesse

bobbywolffMarch 10th, 2022 at 3:36 pm


Although you pretty much thoroughly covered the better probabilities with various declarer plays, how about West likely having the ten of spades because of his produced spade deuce at trick three.

Might West have switched to his highest spade (certainly not his deuce) simply as a matter of course, unless in truth, he is one of the really great players of the world who understand the times to create possible losing lines of play for their opponents (when it virtually will never matter to his partner, whichever spade he chose).

At least, something for real bridge student wannabes to contemplate, exhibiting another expert treatment, not often discussed, but still very much on the table, perhaps, as a full chapter, together with other ploys often chosen by force of habit, rather than necessary accurate information, in a future high-level bridge book.