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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, August 30th, 2022


Iain ClimieSeptember 13th, 2022 at 10:11 am

Hi Bobby,

One further point if South doesn’t find the HK as a scissors coup. Suppose declarer leads the HJ or even a small heart of table. In both cases East has to play the HQ, which isn’t exactly obvious. Otherwise a frustrated West gets stuck on lead with the H8.



A V Ramana RaoSeptember 13th, 2022 at 1:16 pm

Hi lain
Even if declarer plays low heart from dummy, east has to rise with Q else it is over for defense thanks to west’s holding of A 9 8

Bobby WolffSeptember 13th, 2022 at 2:08 pm

Hi Iain & AVRR,

Methinks East, unless a beginner with second high low and third hand high his mantra,
instead of a perfunctory analysis of what was going on in declarer’s bridge mind, would, should, be the reason for hopping up with the lady.

Also, as we three could guess, declarer (unless blessed with a good bridge player’s very quick wit) might have paused before selecting a heart, thereby giving an experienced RHO the necessary clue. However, since he didn’t lead the king, how good can he be?

Possibly, on this specific hand, the more important bridge principle to be learned is
the declarer advantage of always gazing at his 26 assets instead of each defender seeing only half (plus sometimes partner’s play and/or, of course, the cards already quitted plus the previous bidding to get there).

Quite esoteric, but definitely a constant truth!