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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, December 12th, 2022


A V Ramana RaoDecember 26th, 2022 at 11:50 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps when declarer put up K thinking it could not possibly matter what he did, he was not aware of the power of nine and eight in his hand.
And, if this hand were to occur in master points, perhaps the percentage play is to ruff low heart return with A and lead to K of spades assuming normal break. ( Not to J as if with stiff Q, east wins, leads heart ) If Q appears as on today, declarer collects outstanding trump , cash minor Aces and cross ruff for eleven tricks. Even if Q doesn’t appear, he can leave it alone and crossruff , assured of ten tricks. He would go down only if west is dealt with all remaining spades. However, at team event, there is no point jeopardizing the contract for OT

Bobby WolffDecember 26th, 2022 at 5:03 pm


Yes, your post covered all contingencies, except changing your words “of the power” could be “lack of power” with those nine and eight of hearts instead, evaporating entirely, when declarer covers the opening 10 of hearts lead.

But, and of course, your description of the difference between “IMPs” and or rubber bridge as against “matchpoints”, where overtricks reign supreme, instead of relatively insignificant, is well known, but only to tournament goers.