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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, June 28th, 2022


jim2July 12th, 2022 at 8:07 pm

Partner got us a good board in this Slush Cup deal, as many declarers failed at 3N.

I opened 2N, as in the column, but pard placed the contract at 5C.

A lead of either black suit would have guaranteed the contract, and the spot choice of a diamond lead might have, as well. He, of course, got a heart lead, but my partners must learn to deal with that sort of thing!

He played AC and KC and advanced the 2S towards the Board, making the contract w/o needing to essay EITHER red suit!

In the post mortem, he said East’s failure to lead spades was a slight-but-real hint of a spade holding that included the ace.

Jeff SJuly 12th, 2022 at 8:50 pm

I always enjoy a good Slush Cup story, but I’m afraid this one needs a little more explanation for the slow kids at the back of the class.

You take the heart lead, cash two rounds of trump and lead the 2S. East ducks to the queen. And now I am lost – how does South get home?

Jeff SJuly 12th, 2022 at 8:50 pm

Well, not South – how does North get home? South just gets to watch this round.

jim2July 12th, 2022 at 10:14 pm

Top Ds and JD ruffing finesse, pitching the KS if not covered. Last H honor is entry to 9D, pitching loser H.

bobbywolffJuly 12th, 2022 at 10:52 pm

Hi Jim2 & Jeff S.,

Originally described as a loser on loser play, but now, but not officially, changed to a looser on looser play, a melody which better fits this hand.

Aren’t we devils?

jim2July 12th, 2022 at 11:53 pm

And the tune was played on a Fork.


bobbywolffJuly 13th, 2022 at 12:32 pm

Road, musical or for bridge opponents type as in Fork You,, not for food!

Jeff SJuly 13th, 2022 at 3:07 pm

Thanks for the responses. I was confused when you said you did not have to essay either red suit. Guess you meant you did not have to make a sure-to-be-wrong guess in either suit. 🙂

jim2July 13th, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Jeff S –

Yes, once the Morton’s Fork worked, the diamond play could not lose. (Weird ruffs excluded)

If the QS were captured by AS and a heart returned, then the play would have resembled the column line. That is, the QC has not fallen, so take the diamond finesse. Thus, at 5C by North, declarer can combine THREE chances instead of two at 3N and even has some extra opening lead makes that 3N from the South hand does not. My partners have long ago learned that they need every extra chance possible!