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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, March 19th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoApril 2nd, 2022 at 10:06 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Quite an interesting hand. With the present heart holding , it is a show up squeeze but the double squeeze would have worked fine even if declarer’s heart Q is swapped with any low card from either west or east ( however, had West held both KQ of hearts, he would have led a heart but that is a different matter so let say it is swapped with east) . With the same club lead, the end position is same and assuming south held A and deuce of hearts ( instead of A and Q), the lowly deuce would score the slam going trick. A hand for the artist
And in tune with Ruskin’s quote, anyone with perspective vision, seeing all would prevail as they can plan the play. A premature heart hook would have sunk the contract with defense smiling

bobbywolffApril 2nd, 2022 at 12:34 pm


Always thanks for your keen analysis together with interesting side trails which, if given significant thought, will help an even relatively newer player, to understand what happens to the defense, when a good to great declarer is at the helm.

And reference to John Ruskin’s applicable quote about “seeing the whole thing” is what top level bridge is all about. Perhaps not as easy as 1, 2, 3, but add the 4 and one might have it.