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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, July 9th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoJuly 23rd, 2022 at 11:25 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Seeing K 10 9 in dummy, perhaps east was justified in not shifting to a diamond at T3. If at all, he should return diamond Q as if leading from QJ. ( If west has diamond A and spade K, the contract is always down and if west has diamond J, declarer might misguess ). If only that fourth spade were to be with east instead of west, east can return spade J at T2 for taking the contract down . But as such there is no defense unless a diamond is returned by E at some point.
Interestingly, though clubs break 3-3, south cannot establish hearts for lack of entries after East’s spade spade shift and squeeze is only chance

jim2July 23rd, 2022 at 11:52 am

In BWTA, some partnership’s methods involve Stayman and then 3C.

In the unlikely event that partner’s Stayman response is 2D, should South still bid 3C?

Iain ClimieJuly 23rd, 2022 at 3:59 pm

Hi AVRR , seeing all 4 hands these goes wrong but South won’t know that. East can work out that South has DA though so playing partner for DJ is not unreasonable – v bad news if South has AJ alone in D though.


bobbywolffJuly 23rd, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Hi AVRR, Jim2, & Iain,

Just finished with my computer guru, who returned me back to the land of the living.

Thanks for the various tidbits of knowledge and my answer is, likely not to Jim2, but rather to seek harbor in 3 clubs, which should be hands off, with, IMO, being length in trump seeming at least one trick better than bidding one too much, and, of course while playing either 2 way Stayman, or hands off to a minor suit immediate jump.

Besides, till I met Jim2 I thought TOCM meant “thinking over club mandate”.

And finally to Iain, since I have had a lot of blackjack experience, enough to know that no one, except the dealer, is ever dealt AJ alone.