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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, May 14th, 2022


bobbywolffMay 28th, 2022 at 2:14 pm

Hi Everyone (for all those interested),

Possibly the only pertinent comment I need make has to do with possibly the most likely overlook to an up and coming bridge enthusiast about squeezes, it becomes necessary in order to effect a squeeze to first cash all the firm tricks necessary, (here, the king of spades in dummy) allowing one of the opponents to now upgrade the jack, before the proper timing will be rectified to squeeze him out of it. Also, and of course, the A and Q of clubs with entries back and forth in hearts to reach either the then losing 10 of spades in dummy or the 5th club in hand, not yet good, but forcing both defensive hands to discard hearts, making the third heart in dummy (whatever denomination it was, here the nine) good for the contract trick.

Without doing so will prevent the relatively simple squeeze (because of the timing) from being effective with this a good hand to use while proving that.

A V Ramana RaoMay 28th, 2022 at 4:36 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Quite an interesting hand and your later comment. As it happens, south had a choice overload. a) Double squeeze with hearts as pivot suit as per column line b) Major suit squeeze on west if his shape is 4441. c) Straight finesse in hearts d) Backward finesse in hearts thanks to the presence of 9 and 8 of hearts in dummy. It only proves that certain element of luck is needed apart from skill to win the matches

bobbywolffMay 28th, 2022 at 7:07 pm


Agree with your comment, except to moderate
that element of luck needed, to instead, mostly skill, (from the bidding, tempo and up to now defense given) by interpreting it correctly, using the specific knowledge obtained and from each of the defender(s) tells.