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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, September 14th, 2022


Iain ClimieSeptember 28th, 2022 at 9:49 am

Hi Bobby,

South certainly didn’t make the most of his chances here, but suppose South crosses in clubs at T2, runs the D10 and the D finesse worked. Another diamond to the J works and what is the best way to combine chances now?

One option would be cashing the SAK and DA, when obviously the DK or SQ dropping removes any further problems. Then run the clubs ditching a spade and take a view on hearts. The defence won’t come under much pressure though so maybe after the 2nd diamond wins declarer should duck a heart, getting some extra chances before cashing the pointed suit winners then finishing the clubs. Any thoughts here on a single dummy basis?



Iain ClimieSeptember 28th, 2022 at 10:33 am

Hi again Bobby,

Also, regarding today’s quote, would you say that the advice is sound at the bridge table when partner (or even oneself) messes up – or is it partner and situation specific?


jim2September 28th, 2022 at 11:36 am

If both D finesses won, I think I would lead the 7S.

Bobby WolffSeptember 28th, 2022 at 1:36 pm

Hi Iain,

Today’s hand is meant for serious, talented (at least perhaps so, but soon TBD) players who need to get used to this type of play, where the exact order (or at least very close) of play may become critical.

Actually, methinks today’s quote has only general application for our game and a tribute to India and its great inspirational leader, Ghandi. However, as to your answer, both and forever!

Bobby WolffSeptember 28th, 2022 at 2:04 pm

Hi Jim2,

Hi, yes, I definitely get it, but how about the ace first (singleton queen offside) and/or if done, what, of course if LHO plays either low in perfect tempo, or instead with a possibly conniving hitch, before playing low. We both know LHO should know you have the king, but would it be considered flagrant or only acceptable coffee housing or not, to, without my lady (fourth or fifth), to slightly hitch. It does get touchy, but only because even a very experienced player, may be caught by surprise while either holding the queen or not. In any event, LAWYER UP!

If, on committee, how would you vote? My opinion is that most committee members would vote, not because of the unique nature of this situation, but rather on the reputation of the West player. Not exactly fair of thought, but likely the result.