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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, November 3rd, 2022


Shantanu RastogiNovember 17th, 2022 at 12:52 pm

Hello Bobby Sir

Most play support doubles so west is more likely to hold 4 card heart than 3. South should check whether EW are playing that convention and their style ie whether playing with support double they treat KQx as 4 cards than as 3 regularly. Easier said than done but to me playing heart Ace on first heart stands out.


Shantanu Rastogi

bobbywolffNovember 17th, 2022 at 4:22 pm

Hi Shantanu,

First, welcome back since I, for one, have missed you and your post today has proven
that talent, since at least I, completely agree with you.

Second, since bridge is surely a mind game, featuring, like perhaps fencing, parrying and thrusts, hoping to outsmart often comparable intellects.

No doubt a glance at the opponent’s convention card is indeed necessary (causing me to never have fallen for its use since it becomes a valuable tool for opponents in many different ways, especially when declaring, but also with one’s own competitive bidding judgment, during that stage of the hand.

Your answer is certainly endorsed by me, saving me the exercise of doing anything more. Thank you and please show up more often.

Iain ClimieNovember 17th, 2022 at 4:29 pm

Hi Bobby,

Should South smell a rat here on a club switch? If West has the CK he can place South with CQxx(x) or CJ9xx if he had CKxxxx and would certainly not want to blow a trick in the first case or a tempo in the second after East has encouraged? Good problem though.