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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, November 15th, 2022


Iain Martin ClimieNovember 29th, 2022 at 9:53 am

Hi Bobby,

The H position today could form the basis for a par contest. If West leads the H6, South has to cover. If he doesn’t East has to play the H4. Meanwhile West has to either lead the H9 (ducked by East) or the HQ (when East has to underlead the KJ10). If West is left on lead at T2 he has to find the C switch.



A V Ramana RaoNovember 29th, 2022 at 11:20 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Since declarer is fairly certain that east held diamond A, he can win second heart, play A and K of spades and lead diamond. East must take A else declarer has ten tricks. Heart return ruffed, diamond K cashed and a club covering west’s card endplays east

Iain ClimieNovember 29th, 2022 at 12:11 pm


nicely done!


Bobby WolffNovember 29th, 2022 at 2:11 pm

Hi Iain & AVRR,

Such goings on for two lost souls such as North’s 7 of hearts and for that matter to throw the normal value of the diamond king directly to the wolves (if you will excuse the reference) particularly so, when the diamond ace is extremely likely held in front.

Darvas’ “Right Through the Pack” could make good use of their individual critical value, emphasizing a varied feature of our cherished game.

No doubt bridge writers, certainly as much as the players, appreciate the cunning, but
often necessary handling of smaller cards, not the usual case.

Thank both of you for your always sound additions to which all of us can join together to both learn and appreciate the wide spectrum of thought which proudly accompanies
playing our game.