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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, October 24th, 2022


Iain ClimieNovember 7th, 2022 at 12:43 pm

Hi Bobby,

A very minor point but if he holds C10x, and decides to give the ruff and discard, West should exit with the 13th spade not a diamond. That shows East where it is so he doesn’t panic with CAKx if declarer ruffs on table and leads a small club. If he places South with (possibly) CQ10x and the 13th spade then he clearly should play an honour.

It makes no difference today of course but it is always worth bomb-proofing matters especially at pairs.



bobbywolffNovember 7th, 2022 at 2:35 pm

Hi Iain,

While it is undoubtedly true that bomb-proofing is true and actually, at all forms of bridge, your keen imagination is often the difference between being an overall winner instead of
just a willing player. Thanks for your rapt attention to many details which need to be
said, at least to players out there who want to first improve, and then excel.

jim2November 7th, 2022 at 3:47 pm

I would note that the spade return for a ruff-sluff would also tell DECLARER where the 13th spade was. Thus, West would be known to have precisely 7 minor suit cards.

If declarer decides that NV E-W never entering the bidding despite a 10-card diamond fit suggests diamonds were 5-5, then West must have a doubleton club. Thus, leading the 9C (hoping for a cover) to the JC, and covering East’s small club return will always win.

bobbywolffNovember 7th, 2022 at 4:12 pm

Hi Jim2,

Best one I’ve ever experienced for the finishing touch”!

Iain ClimieNovember 8th, 2022 at 9:07 am

Hi Jim2,

Like it!


Iain ClimieNovember 8th, 2022 at 9:11 am

Mind you, East might have 6D and not feel able to bid over 3H… I know, overly picky!