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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, April 28th, 2022


Iain ClimieMay 12th, 2022 at 11:38 am

Hi Bobby,

South missed a change here in the bidding, at least seeing all 4 hands. What if he redoubles 2H and North winds up playing there? On (say) a club lead, there are 4 top tricks in the black suits, spade ruffs, a club ruff, 2 red aces and East may well wind up trump bound to lead into the HAQ for at least one overtrick (he’ll need to unblock the DK under the Ace to stop this and let stick a trump through).

South thinking (or saying in the post mortem) he has a 50% chance of the H finesse working is risible, though, given the H7 lead and the double. What has West got here? K7 alone, perhaps and trying to be clever? As the hand was UK based, I might even have played the guilty party once upon a time, so I’d better not ask for names to be named.



bobbywolffMay 12th, 2022 at 1:42 pm

Hi Iain,

While I, no doubt, learned a new word, risible, and will thank you for it, I can now immediately put it to use, when a suggestion of South redoubling 2 hearts by South is under consideration on that specific bidding sequence,, while holding only three baby ones.

However and again, at least little doubt, if indeed East does not double 2 hearts (a distinct possibility since being a fourth suit action for NS with South being the eventual declarer) may likely cause partner to, in any event, likely choose that suit to lead, and, if so, declarer’s choice of the finesse at trick one, travels from being risible to I surmise, reasonable.

Of course Mrs. Guggenheim might have read somewhere that to finesse when holding an AQ is the right play, and if so, perhaps this not so unlucky declarer, also came from the same somewhat incomplete education.

Of course without your valuable posts, meaning usually quite original, it would be unlikely (hopefully) that any of our posters (on that exact and all encompassing bidding sequence), would even consider playing the queen at trick one.

However, when desperately needing a favorable result perhaps on this hand the East player might make a psychic double of 2 hearts, (without the king and perhaps only small ones), just to test out what may occur because of his disruption or should I again use, again thanks to you, for my new found word.

BTW, perhaps, while in competition and playing our favorite game, it probably is a big plus for the opponents to consider at least one of the opposing players “hateful” and if so, wouldn’t we all want to be that player?