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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, April 27th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoMay 11th, 2022 at 11:03 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps declarer would have made it even if he plays a club at T2. Someone will win and west cashes two diamonds but that would be end of defense. If west leads club, dummy ruffs and plays A of hearts ( by now, it must be clear) and takes marked finesse in trumps. If west leads low spade, ( J no problem), south carefully wins with A once east fails to play J, leads heart to A, picks up trumps and finesse spade. This line is without ducking the lead. However, it is better to duck the lead , win the continuation and now south can amuse himself by leading Q of club from hand. East wins but is stuck for return and south makes five if he can read East’s spade holding but ten tricks should be no problem at all

Iain ClimieMay 11th, 2022 at 12:20 pm

Hi Bobby,

Not sure 12 tricks are there even dBm dummy. South takes T1, plays SA, S to 10 then runs H7 dropping 6 and H10 dropping 8. SKQx force East to ruff and HA is re-entry for last spade etc. But East covers the 2nd middle H and messes up entries. Any thoughts?



bobbywolffMay 11th, 2022 at 1:07 pm

Hi AVRR & Iain,

Between the column discussion and what you two have, so bridge intellectually added, would and should, enable me to simply 100% agree.

While bridge declarers for now and almost 100 years (since 1927), have, from time to time with a steady drone, simply buried themselves with sharply inferior play, it will probably be a good thing to call attention to it, allowing serious readers to, more or less, see and hopefully understand, what causes that folly.

No doubt our great game tends to reward partnerships who avoid thoughtless mistakes, rather than instead, only those who are always brilliant, (not many, perhaps fewer than one), since no one has ever convinced anyone that playing 100% excellently is commonplace, due to the known difficulties to which our challenging enterprise is subject.