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The Aces on Bridge: Friday March 24th, 2023


A V Ramana RaoApril 8th, 2023 at 11:51 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Bart Bramley played very well but east should have paused for reflection after winning the lead. Clearly west did not start with A K of clubs and probably even with KQ. So east must cash A of diamond at T2 a Now, with A Q of clubs, west would discourage diamonds and east would shift to club but today west encourages and east would continue diamonds which west wins and exits hearts or even a spade for taking the contract down
Another interesting point is , if east were to be in dilemma whether to return club or diamond and continues with a heart just in case, south wins, draws trump, ruffs a heart and must cash a top club before leading diamond. If he doesn’t do that and plays a diamond, west can win and return diamond which east wins and returns club and the contract must fail

bobby wolffApril 8th, 2023 at 6:14 pm


All others of us have found a sensational winning combination, Bart Bramley as declarer with another bridge genius as East and you, AVRR, as the mentor.

Bridge timing, especially, at least on this layout as a defender, becomes critical to success, so we will leave the subject character East, to remain anonymous, in deference to his mistake. No runs, one hit and one error, when no cards were left in anyone’s hand.