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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, March 3rd, 2023


A V Ramana RaoMarch 17th, 2023 at 3:01 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Perhaps, considering east’s opening bid, south could have played club K after leading ten from dummy at T2 ( coaxing cover from east) It is unlikely that this loses to A in west hand but in that case, almost certainly spade would come back and if K wins, south can continue clubs. ( and on someday west might even foolishly play Q crashing partner’s A) Assuming east held both A Q of clubs, south can play him for both top honours in diamonds too as he doesn’t have any chance if west held a diamond honor. This play gains a valuable tempo in club suit as one trick would be adequate if south can garner a diamond trick else south gets two club tricks on his powerful club spots while if south allows west to win and west finds diamond shift, south might lose five tricks.
And please see my post in yesterday’s column

bobby WolffMarch 17th, 2023 at 3:29 pm


Nothing necessary from me since, thanks to you, your discussion covers all salient points, but now I will check yesterday’s hand and your comment.

Iain ClimieMarch 17th, 2023 at 4:57 pm

Hi Bobby,

In the UK the 12-14 1N is popular but I’d be playing a very odd system if I could open 1D as East but didn’t, especially in 3rd position (unlike here). Any idea about East’s options or reasons for 1C?



bobby WolffMarch 17th, 2023 at 6:44 pm

Hi Iain,

No real reason, unless and instead that partnership is opening all balanced hands and without a 5 card major, 1 club. It is difficult to explain, although and I guess, that balanced hand feature pays off dividends in the future.

Maybe the only real advantage is that the opponents then suffer the same disadvantages as the conventioneers, a method to exalt stupidity, but perhaps too easy for anyone to say.