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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, April 30th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoMay 14th, 2022 at 10:57 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
As it happened, declarer missed chance to execute an elegant double squeeze. But perhaps instead of that club, west could have led a spade which breaks the squeeze totally whether east takes heart J with A or plays Q. Declarer runs into serious transportation problems and the squeeze doesn’t operate. Leading spade as spades is unbid major perhaps is justified

bobbywolffMay 14th, 2022 at 3:12 pm


Always thanks for your consistent correct analysis.

And, of course, your mentioning East inserting the queen of hearts instead of winning the ace becomes a contract breaker, simply because by doing so keeps the declarer from “rectifying the count”,”losing an affordable trick”, a known successful squeeze necessity, in order to insure the right timing, to which any ambitious player needs to both learn why and then, again of course if able, to intelligently apply.

The above could also discuss two other questions, first, the possibility when West doesn’t split his remaining club honors when declarer leads one back, the possibility of finessing, under the circumstances, a most difficult choice.

However, because of the specific holding, as well as the bidding, I hesitate to agree about the winning lead of a spade, although no doubt it would have struck gold.

No offense intended, since only the winner of the hand, not I, should speak up, but in this case, methinks even the thought of leading a spade makes me not so slightly, wince, but perhaps when leading a club (my also first choice) try the deceptive nine (unlikely the fooling of partner will make a difference) in order to not allow the declarer a more accurate road map.