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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, September 16th, 2022


Iain ClimieSeptember 30th, 2022 at 4:10 pm

Hi Bobby,

A fix from last night which may amuse you. At advere and in 4th position I held AJ98xx KJ 6x xxx and heard 2D (weak) 2H from partner 3D on my right. I should probably double here but decided the HKJ looked good and bid 3S. LHO (something of a joker) promptly bid 5D doubled by partner and all passed.

The other hands:

LHO x AQ10x Q1098xxx x
Pard Kx 98xxxx K AKQx
RHO Q10xx x AJ7 J10xxx

Partner led the CAK on the second of which declarer ditched his spade. Partner’s safe exit with the DK then saw declarer play a heart to the Ace and ruff a heart and there were no further problems in chalking up 550. We managed to see the funny side somehow.



Bobby WolffSeptember 30th, 2022 at 8:10 pm

Hi Iain,

Who needs finesses, especially when they do not work. Possibly partner should have led the queen of clubs originally and then when it, of course held the trick, waited awhile before asking, “Who won that trick?” When told who won it, still not leading, pretending not to think that he did.

Depending on where you are now, there or home, will be the answer to whether you have recovered from this hand.

Well good luck anyway, even if it doesn’t start till November.

Not at all unethical say some, merely a wandering mind some would say, before the judge assumed they were innocent after declarer then took a premature backward finesse in hearts, thinking your jack was a falsecard.

Never would I have wished to be bald since I would need hair to pull out, when the devil is in the cards.