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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, May 22nd, 2022


clarksburgJune 5th, 2022 at 6:05 pm

Hello Bobby
Hope this one might be of interest to your Sunday intermediate readers. Illustrates some pointers learned here:
Open 1NT whenever you have it; don’t fear declaring NT without knowing all suits stopped; finding the optimum opening lead is always a winner; artificial calls may help the opponents.
North K A742 J543 K1072
East J9643 Q5 K106 852
South 75 K109 AQ872 AJ4
West AQ1052 J863 9 Q96
After two passes, South opened 1NT (14+ to 18- style)
West called 2H showing “both majors”
North boldly bid 3NT ! Passed out.
West chose the S8 as opening lead.

Iain ClimieJune 5th, 2022 at 6:06 pm

HI Bobby,

On Bouncy Castle’s hand I suspect I’d bash out 4Hto albeit with the horrible feeling that I’m talking the opposition out of 6S (or even 4S) which is going to fail due to a horrendous trump break. I’ve just got a bad feeling about this…. Would there be more of a case if the pointed suits were reversed?



bobbywolffJune 5th, 2022 at 8:10 pm

Hi Clarksburg,

I suppose you meant West chose the 5 of spades (or a low one), not the ace nor, of course the non-held 8, as his opening lead, allowing you to win a non-deserved trick in dummy and then, echoing various factors to be on the right side of, then, of course (because of the overcall, guessing the diamond position by first leading the jack from dummy) and then playing for 1-3 as well as opening 1NT with a side 7-5 doubleton.

All together making you a great salesman for any business, trying to make a living off of their advertising.

Any chance of hiring you for just Sundays. The pay is poor, but the side bridge advantages are limitless.

Finally a cure for America with their horrible gun problem. Have you keeping all those murderous perverts busy, teaching them our phenomenal game.

Thanks for brightening my day.

bobbywolffJune 5th, 2022 at 8:29 pm

Hi Iain,

Of course, since that preempt would take them one level higher, attempting to find their best suit.

However, “beggars can’t be choosers”, and we need to dance with the date we brought”, although with today’s society it has changed to “go home with”, both actions today with great moral jeopardy to continue to accelerate.

Your “horrible feeling” about bidding 4 hearts surprises me, since I would have suspected you to choose bidding 5 hearts, rather than to risk only jumping to 3. Just kidding (or am I)?