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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, June 29th, 2022


Iain ClimieJuly 13th, 2022 at 3:36 pm

Hi Bobby,

West playing the HQ is a legitimate way to kill the H suit when East ducks but if West plays small, East could so so too. If south thoughtlessly plays another heart to the 9 (West can’t have HQ10x and HQ10xx isn’t manageable) east can now take the 10 and the heart suit meets the same fate as the dodo.

I just can’t see anyone ever finding it at the table, though.



Iain ClimieJuly 13th, 2022 at 4:23 pm

Hi again,

Also on BWTA, if I’d dredged up 1S on that misfitting mess, I’d be tempted to pass 2H even though it is forcing and apologise if I were wrong. Particularly tempting at pairs too.


bobbywolffJuly 13th, 2022 at 6:40 pm

Hi Iain,

Between the chilling quote by Philip Roth and the testimony by you, the bases will be smoothly covered.

Take it when (and if) it comes and, if you’ll excuse me, you will deal with it.

Also, with the BWTA, I would not only be tempted to pass 2 hearts, I would follow through and do it.

Back in the day, yes, reverses were good hands, but certainly not forcing. That method, seems sane and proper and although making it difficult to go artificial with the reverse, it, at least to me, is well worth it, even it it occasionally produces the opponents to be dealt, the lion’s share of the trump.

Sometimes, what they (opponents) don’t know (until later), won’t hurt me.

Robert BordenJuly 13th, 2022 at 11:54 pm

I think a club at trick 3 is best, especially so double dummy

bobbywolffJuly 14th, 2022 at 1:10 am

Hi Robert,

Declarer could win the club in hand and then lead a heart and then guess what to do, depending how the defense followed suit.

Granted it would be a mind battle, but either side might win, especially the defense if West could be prepared for discarding his queen of hearts at the right time, assuming East will continue clubs..

Very tricky and thanks for sharing.