Aces on Bridge — Daily Columns

The Aces on Bridge: Friday, February 25th, 2022


jim2March 11th, 2022 at 1:06 pm

I confess that I would have raised hearts as West, probably even bidding game.

Passing twice? Holding (1) the best hand at the table, (2) two face cards in a major suit my partner jump-overcalled vulnerable, and (3) enough length in the opponents’ suit to guarantee partner’s shortness there — would have bested even my sense of timidity.

Heck, I might even have thrown in a 3N call to see what happened! I mean, West can “see” 7 tricks even before East tables the dummy, and those face cards will have a hard time not producing 2 tricks.

bobbywolffMarch 11th, 2022 at 7:16 pm

Hi Jim2,

You need not have to confess to reach contracts, four hearts, which does not make, especially since, as here, a club will, no doubt be led against you, regardless of which side of the table East or West, becomes the declarer, with, and, of course, if North happens to be, he will lead one of his two lesser clubs.

And to make that contract look even worse, the hand will likely not make anyway, unless, of course, a miracle if I ever saw one, the opponents will do the wrong thing.

Of course, if the opponent’s fail to double, they will still defeat it but the result, down 100 would be slightly better than minus 140, the actual result obtained at the column table.

However, since it is always “be kind to unfortunate bridge players, especially the ones afflicted with TOCM TM” I won’t mention it again.

Even 3NT will not make, if either opponent is sharp enough to always find the killing lead, which happens 100% of the hands with you or partner as declarer. Of course game bid and made might be possible if either opponent doubles either two or three hearts or even 2NT with also adding 1NT redoubled to the mix.

Finally even wishing you good luck doesn’t help while you are at the bridge table, but might to keep a safe from falling on your torso while you head out the door.

jim2March 11th, 2022 at 7:33 pm

Nah, my partner would be playing 4H and South would lead AS to get a look at dummy — 10 tricks. He’s often lucky that way.

As for 3N, I am not sure even TOCM ™ would be enough for North to find the 5C lead on that auction. Even if they did, that would bring the hands to a 5-card ending with 8 tricks to nil. Could still fail, of course, but the defense would have to get it right (and that’s ONLY if the opening lead is a small club).

bobbywolffMarch 11th, 2022 at 8:53 pm

Hi Jim2,