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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, November 4th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoNovember 18th, 2022 at 12:50 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps west might as well continue with a high spade at T2. If south ruffs, he might play a diamond but east can win and push a trump and declarer needs to play Q and cash A precisely for escaping one down. But the singleton ten in dummy might tempt south to play low and there is no way to avoid two down.
Perhaps South’s bid of four hearts has nothing to write home about. He was plainly ambitious but should have noted vulnerability

Iain ClimieNovember 18th, 2022 at 1:16 pm

Hi Bobby,

Wasn’t East a bit pushy too here? Yes, he’s got a decent fit but the HK is likely worthless and 4D goes off after 2H, 1 C and then another heart for a trump promotion.

South escaped fairly cheaply but it was still a phantom save.



bobbywolffNovember 19th, 2022 at 2:16 am


Little doubt that South’s 4 heart bid was adventuresome, but that bid, while not recommended, could be excused as just bold.

Perhaps the greater learning experience might just be the declarer’s play of the queen of diamonds from hand, allowing West to make the mistake of winning, fearing that declarer also held the king.

Perhaps the definition of a winning player should include plays like that, when all he was hoping for was for West to make the wrong choice, to which he could and did.

bobbywolffNovember 19th, 2022 at 2:25 am

Hi Iain,

Yes, and no doubt the jump to the 4 level was “pushy”, but again it might work and, of course, did, making a hero out of East. Realistically bidding ’em up is dangerous, but at the end of the day, there is plenty of room at the winner’s table for players who do overbid, but the catch is always, doing it at not only the right time, but even more so, against the right LHO.