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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022


Iain ClimieMay 17th, 2022 at 9:20 am

HI Bobby,

I suspect I’d have fallen for this, but West should realise that if East has HA, NS have practically all the rest of the points and the defence have at most 4 H tricks. Beating this probably needs East to have CAxxx or similar, although DAJxx would do as well. SK and HJ will only give the defence 4 tricks though although perhaps South might only have DAx and CA9xx(x) or similar. Worth remembering, though.



bobbywolffMay 17th, 2022 at 2:31 pm

Hi Iain,

No doubt I suggest playing the heart ten, or even possibly more spectacular yet, the jack of hearts at trick one, especially against good players. Not only allowing the opening leader to suspect partner’s seven was at least, mildly encouraging (missing the four), but also for the novelty of almost surely now receiving trick #9, not delivered post haste by you, but immediately to come from the unsuspecting, but turning out to be, the gullible opening leader.

Of course, depending on the entire defensive club holding, unless playing against excellent opposition, since one club was the opening bid by declarer, make use of that unintended and unknown subterfuge, it is likely to be a bell ringer for an early to rise declarer.

In any event, the new name for that combination should change to “The Filthy Coup”, not sugar coating it with a clean sounding “Bath”, or anything even slightly less.

A V Ramana RaoMay 17th, 2022 at 2:41 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Instructive but perhaps it depends on the level of opponents. West knows that south opened, seeing thirteen points in dummy and ten in his hand. If east has heart A, south certainly has club A and only if his diamonds are doubleton with A x, there is hope else he has nine tricks. Even then, if south has a remote chance of having four spades, he has nine tricks. And just in case he is hoodwinking with ten of hearts , probably an expert west can work out what is needed. But if the hand is being played with players being average level, perhaps south can win lead and cash four diamonds and a palooka in east seat might just let a club go and it is over

Bill CubleyMay 17th, 2022 at 5:32 pm


I turn 74 on Monday 5/23. Any last chance a certain slam hand gets published? My friends need a good laugh.

Iain ClimieMay 17th, 2022 at 8:51 pm

Hi Bill,

Many happy returns in advance.


Iain ClimieMay 17th, 2022 at 8:58 pm

Hi again Bill,

On the subject of lucky slams try playing AQx xx Kxxx AQxx (hand) opposite Xx AKQx Axxx Kxx in 6C (not even 6D). A spade lead picked up the K then CK CA (both follow), SQ and a ruff pass off. Cash 2D ending in hand, cash CA (west is out) but then both follow to HAKQ and the 13th H scuppers East. He can ruff his partner’s H boss or discard, let me ruff and see DQ and last trump fight for the last trick. Despite what we were taught at elementary school, two into one can go! I apologised to EW.