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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, March 2nd, 2023


A V Ramana RaoMarch 17th, 2023 at 10:58 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps declarer’s play was faulty. What he would gain by running clubs as he can get only one discard. He should have realised that it is essential for diamond A to be onside
for the success of the contract . All he should have done after ruffing the lead is lead trump to A in dummy, come to hand with club ( in the unlikely event of this getting ruffed too there is no problem as long as diamond A is onside) and lead trump. When west shows out, hop up in dummy and hand over east his trump trick and hope for diamond A with east which fortunately is .
Declarer was distinctly fortunate on this hand as not only east has diamond A which also happens to be doubleton. If it were three or four carded, a diamond lead initially would take the contract down as defense has tempo for taking three tricks

bobby WolffMarch 17th, 2023 at 3:47 pm


Yes, the bridge gods were no doubt favoring EW by dealing EW with a 5-2 onside ace of diamonds. That kind of fortune often is even more helpful than playing magnificently, although, at least in bridge the personal satisfaction which comes when making a difficult hand is hard to top, for sheer joy.